Harkishan Singh Surjeet, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
I was surprised to read the remarks made by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav that I owed an explanation for the “humiliation” suffered by Shri Amar Singh at the hands of the Congress party, when he accompanied me to Smt. Sonia Gandhi’s residence for a meeting.
The said meeting was held against the backdrop of the significant victory of the secular forces and the comprehensive defeat inflicted on the communal forces led by the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. The Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal have contributed to this victory of the secular forces.
The country wanted to see all those who contributed to the defeat of the communal forces on a united platform. I reflected this desire, when despite the absence of an invitation from the Congress party to them, I requested Shri Amar Singh and Shri Ajit Singh to accompany me to the meeting. This gesture has been widely appreciated. All secular minded people are desirous that all those opposed to the BJP and its communal agenda should unitedly face the challenge posed by these forces.
In this ongoing battle against the communal forces, the CPI(M) will continue to seek the support and cooperation of the Samajwadi Party.