CPI(M) for united fight by non-BJP govts on federal structure

The CPI(M) on Tuesday called for a joint campaign by non-BJP ruled states to protect the federal structure of the country in a recall to the 1980s when it took the lead to organise conclaves of opposition parties on Centre-State relations.

Claiming deterioration in Centre-State relations due to Modi government’s actions, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said earlier the demand was to strengthen Centre-state relations but now it has reached a stage where one has to protect “what we have”.

“We appeal to non-BJP Chief Ministers and governments in states that it is time to come together to fight for strengthening Centre-State relations. We will take up this as a big campaign,” Yechury told a press conference.

The call for a campaign to take on the government on Centre-State relationship is a recall of the conclaves Left parties held with other opposition parties in 1983 and 1984 on Centre-State relations.

While it was against the Congress-led Centre then, sources said, now the CPI(M) wants to build such a campaign involving other parties to take on the BJP. Those conclaves came as several states were ruled by non-Congress parties and were organised in places like Srinagar and Kolkata.

Through such exercises, CPI(M) hopes to take forge opposition unity against the Modi government.

Citing reasons for such a campaign, Yechury said there is a degree of vengeance against opposition leaders but when there are no action when allegations are raised against the son of BJP chief Amit Shah. He also cited the searches at the premises of Tamil actor Vishal after he made comments against BJP leaders on Vijay-starrer ‘Mersal’.

Citing the call for simultaneous central and state polls, he said, “every move that is being conceived of and is being initiated by the government is undermining the constitutional structure of parliamentary democracy.”

Accusing the government of interfering in a state’s right to maintain law and order through central agencies, he said such issues would be discussed by Opposition parties before Parliament session.

(Oct 24, 2017)

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