BJP's political frustration gave way to violence: Left

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New Delhi, Mar 10 (UNI) The Left parties today alleged that the BJP had resorted to violence against its political rivals after it failed to nail the Manmohan Singh government on the Indo-US nuke deal, the price rise and Women's Reservation Bill among other things.

The top leaders of the CPI and CPI(M) told UNI that the RSS-VHP-BJP joint attack on the headquarters of CPI(M) here yesterday not only showed its ''criminal mindset'' but also BJP's loss of identity as an opposition party.

They said the ''communal'' party also failed in taking on the government for the latter's bid to further privatise the financial sector - the insurance, banks, Pension and EPF among others.

While the CPI leaders said the BJP now wanted to shift the ''theatre of its action'' from Kerala to Delhi, the CPI(M) leaders said it demonstrated the BJP's ''new fascist face''. The Left leaders, however, complimented the broad spectrum of political parties for their stout condemnation of the BJP's action in both Houses of Parliament.

CPI leaders A B Bardhan and Shamim Faizi said the BJP, during four years of the UPA regime, had never bothered to raise any issue which touched the lives of the peasantry, the working classes, agricultural and landless, the unemployed and the millions of people working in the unorganised sector.

''Even on the Women's Reservation Bill, it had shed crocodile tears and organised a rally here. But during its six-year rule, it never tried to pass the long-pending legislation,'' the CPI leaders said.

Mr Bardhan, the veteran communist and CPI General Secretary, observed that the BJP had no clear cut approach on economic issues.

''Actually, it was doing the same as the UPA government was trying to do. But on the other hand, despite extending an outside support to the UPA, the Left parties fought a pitched battle on almost all major economic issues both in and outside Parliament.'' CPI(M) senior leader Rup Chand Pal said the BJP's internal dissensions and differences and BJP's failure to take an aggressive posture against the government on the Nuke deal and the Women's Reservation Bill had contributed to the loss of its status of Opposition party.

Mr Faizi, CPI National Secretary, said this in turn had enhanced the acceptability and popularity of the Left parties, which the ''communal'' outfit could not digest.

''The main issue on which the BJP had dithered was the Nuclear deal. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh put the BJP in a fix by recalling that it was the NDA, which initiated the whole concept of strategic partnership with the US including the Nuke deal. But the Left have taken a very aggressive posture and even threatened to withdraw the support,'' Mr Faizi said.

Besides, Mr Pal said the Left had taken up the cause of the minorities, the down-trodden and the weaker sections of society.

This made the BJP ''envious'' of them. ''This is why they have resorted to physical violence to let their frustration out.'' UNI KSA PK AS1639

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