CPI-M to work towards forming political alternative: Buddhadeb

December 20th, 2008 - 7:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) would work towards forming a “political alternative” at the centre which would be totally different from the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said here Saturday.”We should all try to form a political alternative at the centre which would be totally different from the Congress and BJP. That government should follow a secular and independent foreign policy for the people in India,” Bhattacharjee told the 15th conference of Communist Party of India-Marxists’ youth arm Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI).

He said: “We’ve already come a long way but we’ve to proceed further. It’s not a very easy job to replace Congress or BJP at the centre. We’ve to struggle very hard for bringing that change in the national politics.

“If BJP comes to power, Christians and Muslims would not be able to live in this country. Growing communalism is the greatest enemy in India now.”

Rubbishing the capitalist economy championed by the US, he said that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) went with the US economic policies despite repeated suggestions by the Left parties not to follow them.

“Our youth have to be very careful about their ideology as they’ll have to play a very important role in the days to come. They’ll have to shoulder greater responsibility than any other section in our society,” he said.

Bhattacharjee also lambasted the Maoist rebels, saying they are killing innocent villagers, and criticised other separatist forces active in different parts of the state, like Bankura, Purulia, West Midnapore and Darjeeling districts.

Mentioning the recent terror attack in Mumbai, West Bengal Left Front chairman Biman Bose said: “If we really want to combat terrorist attacks, we first have to fight capitalism as it is the main source of suppression, torture and bloodshed.”

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