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'The Congress, JD(S), and the BJP have polluted the political system in the State'

The CPI to celebrate 80th anniversary of its founding in Bangalore on February 5 Seminars and exhibitions on the party's contribution to the State to be organised

MANGALORE: The Karnataka State Council of the Communist Party of India (CPI) will strive to forge unity among various pro-people movements to "cleanse the polluted political system" in the State, Siddana Gouda Patil, Secretary of State unit of the CPI, has said.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, Mr. Patil said that a decision in this regard was taken at the State Executive Committee meeting of the party on Thursday after reviewing the outcome of panchayat elections. The coalition partners, Congress and Janata Dal (Secular), and the main Opposition party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have "polluted the political system" in the State, he alleged. Terming eyewash the assertion by the Congress and the JD(S) that they had forged an alliance after the Assembly elections with an intention of keeping the BJP out of power, he said both parties have come together just for the sake of power and this was exemplified during the panchayat elections. Squabbling in the two parties has enabled the BJP to extend its base in rural areas,.

Anniversary

The State Council of the party will celebrate the 80th anniversary of its founding at a function to be held in Bangalore on February 5. Though the party came into being on December 26, 1925, the council has decided to defer the anniversary celebrations on account of panchayat elections, he said. Seminars and exhibitions highlighting the contribution of the party to the State will be organised, he said.

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