CPM blames RSS, BJP for unrest in Jammu and Kashmir

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Kakinada, Aug 31 (UNI) The CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechuri today blamed the RSS, BJP and other saffron outfits for the turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir and Orissa.

Addressing a party workers meeting at the Ambedkar Bhavan here he said RSS, BJP and other Sangh Parivar outfits were trying to consolidate the ''Hindu vote bank'' by arousing communal hatred and disharmony among the people.

The situation is explosive in J and K where communal clashes and extremists activities were taking place posing a grave threat to the very integrity of the nation. It is nothing but exploiting the situation for political ends. We oppose this trend in the interest of the nation. he said.

Mr Yechur said the CPI(M), in a bid to prevent the communal forces from spreading their wings, was trying to forge alliance with secular parties to preserve the country's integrity.

Pointing out that the World Bank has mentioned that 82.8 per cent of the country's population was struggling below the poverty line, he said the UPA government had miserably failed in controlling the spiralling prices and inflation.

Attributing the present skyrocketing prices to speculative business, he said, the government, despite bringing enormous pressures by Left parties could not control the speculative business on more than 17 essential commodities. As a result, the entire economy was in doldrums leading to hike in interest rates and credit squeeze.

It has resulted in steep fall in industrial investments and thereby reduction in industrial growth by 50 per cent, Mr Yechury said, adding that only an alternative effective economic policy would set right the present maladies.

Giving out the reasons for CPI(M)'s opposition to the UPA government's nuclear policy, he said, it was detrimental to the country's sovereignty as it has to bow down to the dictates of US regime.

The country was at a cross road and political polarisation was taking place rapidly, he said and added that elections to the Lok Sabha seemed imminent three months ahead of the schedule poll.

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