Communist parties have lost direction: Forward Bloc

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Nagpur, Feb 17 (UNI) The All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) today lashed out at the Left parties, especially the Communist Party of India-- Marxist (CPM), saying the communist parties had lost their political direction.

Speaking to newsmen at the end of the three-day meeting of the party's national council here, AIFB General Secretary Debabrata Biswas said the communist parties were now following the path of 'capitalist' forces. The 'big brother' attitude of the CPM was the main reason for political tension in the Left Front in West Bengal, and its division in Tripura, he said.

These developments showed that the communist parties were not interested in strengthening the unity of the left, Mr Biswas said.

The left parties had double standards on the issue of special economic zones (SEZ's)--they opposed them in all parts of the country but had allowed them in West Bengal, which it rules, he said.

However, in spite of the tensions, it was not yet time for the AIFB to severe its ties with the Left Front, Mr Biswas said. ''You do not chop off your head if you have a headache. You take medication to treat the headache. There is a disorder, but the time has not yet come for a surgery,'' the AIFB General Secretary said.

Mr Biswas said the party would install a life-size statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Tripuri in Madhya Pradesh at the end of its awareness campaign there on March 11 next. It was in Tripuri that Netaji had defeated P Sitaramayya for the election of Congress President decades ago. ''There is no statue of the victor there,'' he said.

The party would stage the awareness campaign against 'imperialist interference in the country's domestic matters' and against the allegedly widespread corruption in the administration, Mr Biswas said. The rally would begin from Haripura in Surat district of Gujarat on February 19, and conclude at Tripuri on March 11, he said.

The party would hold a people's march to Parliament in New Delhi on the Kashmir issue on April 3, he added.

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