BJP likely to play divisive politics: Yechury

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Old 22-Sep-2015
Post BJP likely to play divisive politics: Yechury

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury today feared the BJP government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, might use fundamentalist and divisive tactics in the upcoming Bihar elections to garner the Hindu vote.
Addressing a gathering at the Bundala Manjhki village on the seventh death anniversary of legendary communist leader Harkishan Singh Surjit, Yechury said the entire country was being divided on caste lines ever since Narendra Modi-led BJP government had come to power.
“For its own interests, the BJP will evoke the politics of fundamentalism in Bihar before the elections. To broaden the Hindu vote, the minorities would be sidelined,” he alleged.
He said the Left plans to counter the BJP in Bihar and the Akalis in Punjab to counter the politics of factionalism. “The need of the hour is for the Left factions to come together against fundamentalism. We are mobilising Left groups in Bihar to oppose the BJP in the state. They include five Left parties, including CPI (M), CPI (ML), Forward Block and SUCI.”
“The Left parties in Punjab need to rise against the ruling combine. For the 2017 elections, that’s the aim,” said Yechury.
When SAD leader Balwant Singh Rammowalia said he had been a communist at heart, Yechury took a dig at him. “Rammoowaliaji always says he tries to convince the Akalis on various concerns of the state. I would ask him, if the Akalis don’t understand, what stops him?” he said. SAD leader Paramjit Sidhwan announced a sum of Rs 5 lakh for the school in which Harkishan Singh Surjit studied.

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