Prakash Karat, General Secretary, CPI(M) inaugurated a memorial Centre in the honour of 44 agricultural workers burnt alive by landlords in 1968 in Keezhvenmani, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu, in the presence of thousands of people and veteran communist leaders of the state today.

Speaking on the occasion, Prakash Karat charged the UPA Government for its role in some of the worst corruption scandals that the country has witnessed, not to mention the enormous burden imposed on the people of the country through unprecedented price rise. He sharply attacked the BJP and Narendra Modi and said that they pose a serious threat with their communal and divisive platform and they should be rejected.

On electoral developments in Tamil Nadu, he mentioned that the AIADMK had joined the anti communal convention of non Congress secular parties in Delhi last October. Subsequently the AIADMK had declared its alliance with the Left parties for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. However the AIADMK unilaterally broke off its alliance with the Left parties. If anyone thinks that by bypassing and marginalizing the Left parties, a credible alternative to the BJP and the Congress can be presented, they are mistaken.

Karat declared that the Left parties in Tamil Nadu will unitedly fight the elections together against neo liberal policies, communalism and corruption. The Left will continue to play a central role in evolving pro-people alternative policies in the Centre and in the States.