Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that the Congress is responsible for the growth of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the country. At a meet-the-press programme here on Thursday, Mr. Balakrishnan said that religious minorities were under threat as the Sangh Parivar was making inroads in parts of the country.

The Congress tally in the next Lok Sabha would not reach three digits, he said, adding that the Left was going to play a crucial role. Accusing Chief Minister Oommen Chandy of violating election model code of conduct, the CPI(M) leader said that the Chief Minister’s official website was being used for election propaganda. He demanded that the Election Commission intervene and stop the website from being used thus. The Left Democratic Front’s (LDF) poll plank was common issues affecting people such as price rise. He said that the agitations launched by the LDF during the past few years would be discussed during the campaign. The Lok Sabha election was also an occasion for the people to assess the anti-people policies of the UDF government, he said.