Keep religion and politics separate: Brinda



Ranchi: The CPI (M) on Sunday said nobody should mix religion with politics or link any issue to religion as it was against the nature of secularism.

"I understand that religion should not be mixed with politics nor any political plank should be linked with religion as it is against secularism," CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat told a press conference here.

"I am not taking the name of any individual, but CPI(M) is against religiously leaning politics and linking any political issue with religion," she said replying to a query whether yoga guru Ramdev Baba?s campaign against corruption and bringing back black money without forming a political party construed to mixing politics with religion.

She, however, refrained from suggesting Ramdev to form a political party to raise such issues saying "why should I say (when) each citizen has a right (to form a political party).

But what I say is religion and politics should be kept separate."

To another query she said there was no "Ramdev nor any swamy" when she spoke on the stage at the invitation of Anna Hazare during the latter's token protest in New Delhi over a month ago.

"I kept my party’s policies respectfully at the Anna Hazare's forum which is India against corruption," She said.

Slamming the Congress for trying to pass a "weak Lokpal Bill", Brinda said the CPI (M) had suggested some amendments to the bill as the one brought by government could not curb corruption.

PTI