CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said that CPI (M) is committed to form a broad platform to fight against the anti people policies and communal designs of the Narendra Modi government. The Left parties convention in Punjab and decision of CPI(M) and CPI and CPI(ML) to jointly contest the Bihar assembly bye polls are part of the efforts towards forming such a platform. In Jharkhand too such an alliance will be formed to contest the assembly elections. However, the aim behind forming such a platform is not to contest elections alone, Karat said while addressing a huge gathering of people on the occasion of inauguration CPI (M) Area Committee office in Sreekandapuram, in Kannur District on August 19.

Karat said that the BJP government is catering to the interests of big corporates as they had contributed to its ascendancy to power at the Centre. The BJP’s two and a half month long rule prove this, he asserted as was revealed in the decisions to privatize Railways and to allow FDI in sectors like defence, Insurance etc. The Government is also trying to phase out subsidies of Petrol and Fertilizers.

At the same time the Hindutva forces have got a fillip with the BJP coming to power at the centre. 27 communal incidents have taken place in the country after Modi came in to power. Attempts have made to organise communal flare ups in UP, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. Most of the incidents have occurred in UP. He observed that the statement by RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat’s that all Indians are Hindus, is a challenge to our secular values.