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D. Raja, secretary of the CPI, addressing the two-day national convention on girl education in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Without elaborating on the party's stand on the issue, Mr. Raja told reporters here on Sunday that the CPI was of the view that the concerns of the region should be addressed. The party would struggle for its development, he said.
Mr. Raja called for an electoral strategy among all secular and democratic forces to defeat the TDP-BJP combine in the State. They must assess all sorts of alliances possible to defeat the combine. The national council of the CPI had discussed the issue and came to the conclusion that there must be an effort to build the broadest possible base to unite secular and democratic forces.
Mr. Raja also said the national council meeting held on December 17 and 18 reviewed the results of the elections in four States and arrived at the conclusion that the BJP victory in three States had posed a challenge to secular and democratic forces. They must unite to dislodge the BJP-led NDA Government in the Lok Sabha polls. The CPI believed that the BJP was not in a position to return to power as its development plank in the Assembly elections was only to hoodwink people.
It played the Hindutva card in a `cynical and sinister' manner using the RSS and the Viswa Hindu Parishad grassroot-level cadre.
Earlier, at a national convention organised by the All-India Students Federation (AISF) for girl students on the theme `social development in India - girls education,' Mr. Raja said social development was closely linked to emancipation and empowerment of women. Unless gender justice was established, no one could claim that social development was taking place in the country.
Mr. Raja deplored the failure of the Government to adopt a proper curriculum for girl students.
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