BY TC News Desk
Agartala, February 1, 2024: Former Chief Minister and CPIM Politburo member Manik Sarkar launched a scathing attack on both the BJP and the Congress, accusing them of being in cahoots with the RSS and undermining the democracy of the country. He also urged the INDI alliance, a coalition of 27 regional and left parties, to unite and fight against the BJP-led government in the upcoming elections.
Sarkar was speaking at a meeting organized by the CPIM at Agartala Town Hall on Wednesday, to commemorate the death centenary of Mahatma Lenin, the Russian revolutionary and the founder of the Soviet Union. He said that Lenin’s teachings are still relevant and applicable in the present scenario, where the BJP government is imposing its authoritarian and communal agenda on the people.
He said that the BJP government is backed by the RSS, which he called a “fascist organization” that wants to destroy the secular and democratic fabric of the country. He said that the BJP government is following the same style of governance as the Congress did during the Emergency, when it suspended the fundamental rights and civil liberties of the citizens.
He also criticized the Congress for being opportunistic and hypocritical, saying that it is now pretending to be the main opposition to the BJP, while it was actually the Congress that gave birth to the Janata Party, which was supported by the RSS. He said that the Congress has no credibility or consistency in its politics, and that it cannot be trusted to safeguard the interests of the people.
He appealed to the Indi alliance, which he said is the only alternative to the BJP and the Congress, to strengthen its unity and resolve, and to mobilize the masses for a decisive battle of votes. He said that the Indi alliance is not affected by the defection of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who quit the alliance and joined hands with the BJP last year. He said that the Indi alliance still has 27 parties, representing various regions, communities, and ideologies, and that it is capable of defeating the BJP and the Congress in the polls.