Congress to CPI (M): A non-Congress secular front means promoting NDA

January 29th, 2009 - 10:46 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party

New Delhi, Jan.29 (ANI): Congress party on Thursday said that the Communist Party of India (Marxist)s attempts to form a non-Congress secular-front were actually meant to promote a non-secular front especially of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance.

Mr. Prakash Karat’’s call for a non-Congress secular front is an oxymoron. To try for a so-called non-Congress secular front is in fact to promote a non-secular front, especially of the BJP-NDA,” said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi here.

Singhvi suggested that the CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat should not allow a repeat of 1977 when Left parties actively supported a coalition government of which BJP was a part.

He appeared referring to the erstwhile Jan Sangh’’s merger with the Janata Party (1977) which was supported by the CPI-M.

“Let not personal anger be allowed to become euphemism for support to the BJP,” Singhvi said and sought to tell Karat that “personal equations should not be brought into the picture for supporting the BJP.”

This is an apparent reference to the bitter feelings expressed by Karat against the Prime Minister in the wake of the government deciding to go ahead with the Indo-US nuclear deal not withstanding the protest of the Left parties on the ticklish issue.

Singhvi’’s statement also holds significance as it came a day after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar claim that the Left parties were inclined to have a fresh understanding with secular partners in the ruling alliance.

On Wednesday, Pawar told media that he had contacted CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat after the latter had reportedly made a statement to that effect recently. (ANI)

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