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CPI-M confident of rallying forces outside Cong, BJP: Karat

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Palakkad: The CPI-M Friday expressed confidence that the party will be able to rally secular and democratic forces to take on the Congress and the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing a huge rally that marked the conclusion of the three-day plenum of the Kerala unit of the CPI-M, party General Secretary Prakash Karat said the Left was working to trigger a political realignment to defeat the "communal agenda" of the BJP and the Congress-led UPA which had been pushing its neo-liberal policies aggressively.

He said the Congress had lost the credibility as a party capable of combating the BJP because it had not been consistent in its secular policies.

"We want to see that the Congress-led UPA will not come back to power. At the same time, we also want to ensure that the BJP does not come to power to implement its communal agenda. We are confident that in the coming days we will be able to rally other secular democratic forces to provide an alternative," Karat said.

Accusing the BJP of communalising the country to gain power, he said this was evident from the honouring of three BJP MLAs facing charges in the Muzaffarnagar riots case at a rally of Narendra Modi in Agra recently.

Lambasting the UPA government's performance in the last nine and a half years, Karat said it had set a "shameful record" of corruption in independent India.

The BJP was trying to take advantage from the "misrule" and "anti-people" policies of the UPA which had left large sections discontented.

However, both the parties were competing how best they could serve the interests of the corporates.

Karat said the process of political realignment at the national level would have its impact in Kerala also, where the CPI-M had emerged stronger after its three day plenum which had discussed and worked out strategies to make the party fully capable of fighting the battles ahead.

The plenum, mainly called to address the organisational issues as part of strengthening the party at all levels, also discussed the prevailing situation in Kerala and decided to impart further momentum to the struggles against the UDF Government and exploit the "instability" of the ruling coalition.

The meeting, attended by state committee members and area committee secretaries, also adopted several resolutions on live political and social issues.

PTI

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