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NEW DELHI: Amid the poor election results, the Communist Party of India (CPI) called on the opposition parties, especially the left, on Friday to unite in an âideological fightâ against the BJP-RSS in the greater interest of the nation.
It was said that if the left wants to play a decisive role against the BJP-RSS combine, then it has to connect with the people.
The CPI accused the RSS of running a propaganda machine to divert people’s attention from the real problems and to label any form of dissent as anti-national, saying the country is now calling for an “uncompromising ideological struggle” against the right.
D Raja, the general secretary of the Communist Party of India, who was also a member of parliament from 2007 to 2009, said: âThe task before the left is complex today, as it was in the times of the freedom movement. We live in a time when caste discrimination, communal polarization and gender inequality under the rule of BJP-RSS are looking at us with renewed vigor. “
Raja accused the RSS of running a propaganda machine and went on to say that the divisive narrative challenge posed by RSS has reached astronomical proportions in recent years.
He also stressed that people suffer from inflation, inequality, hunger and poverty and the onslaught of neoliberal capitalism, which has started to erode national wealth.
Outlining the need for opposition parties to come together, he added that the BJP-RSS combine in the country is eating up the hard-won freedoms and inclusive legacy of the independence movement.
He stressed the need for the left to play a crucial role through a program.
âIn this crisis, the importance of ideology and its struggle has become very clear. Secular, democratic and progressive opposition parties that unite and defeat the BJP are the most immediate part of this program, âhe said categorically.
The general secretary of the CPI identified the RSS as the proponents of ‘Manusmriti’ and stated that the sangh is rooted in divisive, violent ideas and politics.
“You (RSS people) are shaped by the contempt of our constitution and the firm orientation towards a theocratic, hierarchical society according to patriarchy, caste, religion and gender,” he claimed.
This created the situation in the country that required an “uncompromising ideological struggle” against the BJP-RSS combine.
âThe left has to play its crucial role in this struggle. That alone will connect us to the people so that political and election campaigns can be won. The role of the left will also affect the secular democratic forces to have clarity on ideological issues, âhe said.