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'He had no option but to quit'

TIRUCHI NOV. 24. K. Venkataswami had no option but to quit as Tehelka probe panel chief and chairman of the Authority on Advance Rulings of Excise and Customs and the BJP-led Union Government has to take the blame for the mess, the CPI national secretary, D. Raja, said here today.

The BJP was a party bereft of `any political honesty'. The twin agenda of keeping the communal cauldron boiling for achieving its own political ends and indiscriminate disinvestment of public sector enterprises, following the diktats of the international lending agencies, had been the bane of the Vajpayee dispensation, Mr. Raja told presspersons.

Reacting to the DMK president, M. Karunanidhi's remarks in Chennai that the Left was adopting varied stances, he asserted that there was no wavering on the part of the Communists in fighting the ``communal and fascist'' forces and they had consistently been adopting `only one line'.

He turned the tables on the DMK saying it was only the regional party which was pursuing a dual policy, one at the Centre and the other at the State level.

Predicting that the Gujarat Assembly polls would be a watershed in the national political scene, Mr. Raja said that the CPI's prime objective would be to ensure the defeat of the ``communal'' BJP, thereby tying up with ``like-minded, secular'' parties.

``We will not allow dissipation of Opposition votes and would strive to ensure a one-on-one fight.''

The party would contest the Jamnagar seat. Earnest efforts should be made to integrate the people of Jammu and Kashmir and their concerns over the autonomy issue should be addressed, Mr. Raja said.