CPI demands action against divisive forces in party Congress

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Hyderabad, Mar 25 (UNI) The Communist Party of India (CPI) today condemned the divisive and anti-national agitation started by the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS) and other forces and demanded action against those who are inciting violence and indulging in hooliganism.

Talking to newspersons here after the CPI's 20th National Conference here, National Council Secretary Shameem Faizi said the country recently witnessed some violent agitations on 'sons of the soil' issue. ''Migrant workers from Bihar were killed in Assam, Manipur and at Nasik. Hundreds of workers were compelled to leave their place of work'', he alleged.

Mr Faizi said New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chandigarh, among others, had seen anti-migrant agitations, under the pretext of protecting jobs and threat to local culture.

The CPI leader alleged that the unplanned development pursued by the successive Governments at the Centre and in the States had resulted in 'pockets of development', migration of people in search of jobs and inadequate opportunities for people from all walks of life in the urban areas.

He alleged that ''opportunistic, parochial and chauvinistic'' forces like Shiv Sena and MNS had exploited the situation for narrow electoral gains. Mr Bal Thackeray in 1966 had ventilated his grievances with anti South Indian slogans and now his nephew was following his footsteps by uttering anti North Indian slogans, he added.

He said unfortunately, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance(UPA) Government and opposition parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) were utilising the divisive forces for their vote-bank politics, he alleged. No action was taken against the wrong-doers, he added.

Earlier, the party called upon all democratic and progressive forces to launch united struggle against the divisive forces to defend national unity and consitutional rights of the people.


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