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Unleash anti-imperialist campaign: Hassan

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) A senior Congressman from Kerala today suggested to the All India Congress Committee (AICC) to come up with an efficient campaign against imperialism throughout the country to reduce the importance of the Left as the champion of anti-imperialism.

In a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former minister and KPCC Media Committee Chairman M M Hassan warned if this was not done the "Left alone would be left in the field as a champion of anti-imperialist campaign. This, in turn, will injure the prospects of the party in Kerala." While underlining that the CPI(M) was the main rival of the Congress in Kerala, Mr Hassan said the Marxist Party had been campaigning that the Congress was supportive of the US imperialism.

"They have carried out the same campaign during the assembly elections in May this year to garner the Muslim vote," he said, adding that "they have reaped good dividends by criticising the stand of the Manmohan Singh government at the Centre with regard to Iran Nuclear issue." In this context, he referred to the death sentence of former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein by a special court in Baghdad, and said the Marxist party had unleashed a fiery attack against the Congress to which the response of the AICC and External Affairs MInister Pranab Mukherjee was not satisfactory.

Mr Hassan, a Muslim himself, said the Marxist Party also pointed out that the Congress has come not foward to deplore the American stand nor demanded reprieve of Saddam because the Congres party has been supportive of the US." He said though the vast changes that the international situation had undergone would naturally get reflected in India's foreign policy and that Shia-Sunni divide was quite deep in the Muslim community. It was the moral responsibility of the Party to question the occupation of some sovereign nations by the American imperialism, especially so when the Indian National Congress had a proud history of fighting against the British imperialism.

"But it is quite disappointing that the response that came from the AICC has belied all our expectations." In this context, he cited how former Prime MInister Indira Gandhi stood up to oppose the decision to hang Sulfiquar Ali Bhutto.

Mr Hassan reminded the party president that "the AICC should reinforce and reiterate its time-honoured stand against all forms of imperialism." UNI SH MSJ DB2004

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