Attacking Congress would help communal forces: Karunanidhi

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Chennai, Apr 17 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today asked the Left parties not to help ''communal forces'' to come back to power by taking on the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre on the price rise issue.

Expressing anguish over the Left parties walkout in the state assembly today to register their protest against the Centre on the issue, Mr Karunanidhi said they should realise that their fight against the Congress government should not pave way for the ''communal forces'' to stage a come back.

He said ''we are very firm against the communal forces as we do not want those who had assassinated Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi to come back to power''.

After analysing various factors, it was clear that the Congress alone could provide a secular government at the Centre and he was sure the Left would also accept this fact.

''The Left had also earlier accepted that Congress alone could provide a secular government and would accept this in future'', he said, adding he was sure that the Left parties would not launch a struggle to dislodge the Congress led government at the Centre unmindful of communal forces staging a come back.

Stating that there could not be two opinions that there should be a humane and secular government at the centre, the DMK leader, who played a key role in the formation of the UPA government, called for unity among the allies, especially the Left in the interest of ''future India''.

He said the rise in prices of essential commodities was, in fact, a matter of concern for all and the only solution was to increase the purchasing power of the people.

Once gold was sold at Rs 20 per soverign and the same was now being sold at Rs 10,000. When the purchasing power was increased, no one would bother about rise in prices and the issue would become useful only to make electoral gains, he said.

People would not feel the pinch of price rise if their purchasing power was increased and the country should follow this kind of economy, he suggested.

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