Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is being projected as a likely prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party, has the backing of the communal forces in the country, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat, alleged here on Sunday.

This was besides the support Mr, Modi enjoyed of the “powerful bourgeoisie,” he told an extended meeting of the CPI(M)’s State Committee.

“The BJP and the Rashtrya Swyamsevak Sangh are trying to move ahead with an eye on the next general election keeping Mr. Modi at the forefront. Communal riots were on the rise in various parts of the country including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh,” Mr. Karat said 

Keeping the “steadily increasing danger of communal forces” in mind the Leftists are going forward with the agenda of unifying secular parties who are neither with the Congress nor with the BJP in an alternative front, he added.

Coming down strongly on the neo-liberal economic policies of the UPA government, Mr. Karat said that the CPI(M) had taken up the task to “intensify the fight of workers against the attacks on them resulting from such neo-liberal policies.”

Nirupam Sen chaired the party’s State Committee two-day extended meeting that concluded on the day.

Former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee accused the Trinamool Congress of unleashing terror during the recently concluded rural polls, adding that the actual choice of the people could not be reflected in the recent rural polls in the State because of the joint attack of the ruling party and the State administration on them. Mr. Bhattacharjee claimed that the burden on people resulting from the policies of the Centre and the State government has provided added impetus to the “movement” against them which the CPI(M) would have to intensify.