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D. Raja calls for reviewing UAPA charges

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‘The Maoist movement should not be treated as a mere law and order issue’

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) State committee should seriously discuss the imposition of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against the students held on charges of Maoist links and a judicial probe should be ordered into the police action against Maoists in Manjakandy, CPI national general secretary D.Raja has said.

The Left parties had all along taken a strident stance against slamming UAPA, even in Parliament and the Kerala police seem to be invoking it in an arbitrary manner. This needs to be seriously reviewed by the LDF, Mr.Raja told The Hindu on Sunday. The Maoist movement should not be treated as a mere law and order issue. The Maoists are raising the concerns of tribespeople and the marginalised sections and the government should engage them, he said.

The draconian law slammed on the arrested students should be reviewed and only a judicial probe into the police encounter at Manjakandy would bring out the truth. The police action is totally unjustified, he said

Mr.Raja does not hold that the CPI’ stance against hounding Maoists would create chinks in the LDF. Leaders of the CPI(M) have also questioned the imposition of the UAPA and it would not have any bearing on Left unity, he said.

Asked whether the national leadership of both parties would discuss the issue, Mr.Raja said that it is not being discussed for the time being. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechuri is out of station. “Maybe we may discuss in due course,” he said.

Outbreaks

The nation is witnessing many spontaneous outbreaks of Dalit movements against repression and social discrimination. “The Left parties should more effectively address issues of social justice since such sections look forward to us as their natural ally. More importantly, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, as part of its political agenda, is trying to reach out to them. This appeasement bid is being made at a time when the Sangh Parivar is targeting the Dalits and other Backward Classes,” he said.

Due accent should be laid on containing the righwing populism that is gaining ground in the country. Though ephemeral, it needs to be fought seriously. The Congress should also introspect whether it should eschew or pursue its own economic policies and join hand with the Left to fight the thoughtless disinvestment policy being pursued by the National Democratic Alliance government.

As a party with pan India presence, the Congress too should be part of the movement against such anti-Centre policies, he said.

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