Leaders of nineteen Opposition Parties have issued the following Statement after an Online Meeting on August 20, 2021
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that this decision of the CBSE be rescinded. Any effort to undermine the fundamental principles of our Constitution is not acceptable to the people.
It is necessary to clarify the difference between making an appeal on any of these elements for electoral gain or the defeat of an opponent candidate and the raising of issues of social discrimination and injustices. The latter are essential elements of any electoral discourse for attaining social justice and cannot be prohibited.
Responding to the people’s urge for relief from the growing burdens, the leaders of 11 parties have resolved to work together for strengthening the democratic framework ending corruption and ensuring accountability in government; establishing a firm secular order which recognizes the plurality and diversity of our society; providing a people-oriented developmental path which addresses the concerns of inequality, social justice, farmers’ interests, minorities and women’s rights...