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Updated: August 31, 2009 21:04 IST

BJP crisis due to internal contradictions: Yechury

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CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
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CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

The BJP, he said, could get its support base because hardcore Hindutva was its prime agenda, but the party had to put it on the backburner for securing allies and forming government. Though this had an impact on its support base, the party could not revert to Hindutva as it would stand to lose allies and confine the role of the party.

Asked about the BJP leaders’ remarks about the “interest shown by the Left parties in BJP affairs”, he said the crisis in the BJP had nothing to do with the issues confronting the people and was in no way concerned with the day to day suffering of the people. But, the party’s leadership was trying to ‘impose their dirty linen on the nation.’

Responding to a query on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s role in the ongoing impasse, he said the BJP was nothing but a political arm of the RSS and the present crisis clearly exposed the character of the party.

On the other issues, Mr. Yechury expressed concern over the non-constitution of standing committees in Parliament 100 days after the UPA came to power for the second term and said “this big disservice to the people had to be corrected.” The UPA had also promised to initiate steps into 25 proposals and these were included in the President’s address to the joint session.

But, steps had not been initiated so far on issues like Women’s Reservation Bill.

The Food Security Bill proposed by the Government would actually lead to “food insecurity” if it was implemented in its present form, he said adding that the Government proposed to provide 25 kg rice at Rs 3 a kg to below poverty line families under the food security mission at a time when the BPL families were already being provided 35 kg rice at Rs 2 a kg under Antyodaya scheme. “The Government’s move will reduce the quantum and increase the price. This needs to be corrected,” he said.

Mr. Yechury said the Left parties had planned to build up mass movements on rising prices, food security bill and drought. The agitation would start with conventions at State level from September and this would culminate into mass national movement during winter session of Parliament likely to commence during November second week.

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