KERALA

`Communist parties widening base'

Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: A large number of groups that had hitherto viewed Communist parties with suspicion were now extending support to the Left parties, CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has said.

Inaugurating a seminar organised by the CPI(M) district committee on the emerging political picture in the State, Mr. Vijayan said the support of the sections that once opposed the Communists was part of the growth of the CPI(M). Mr. Vijayan said the attitude of the minorities to the Communist movement had changed.

Bishops of Christian churches in the State had said that opposing the Communist parties was meaningless, Mr. Vijayan said. The Muslim community in the State too was drawing near to the Communist parties. The financially backward persons in all religions had realised that the Communists represented them, Mr. Vijayan said.

The spiritual and social leaders of the State, including Sree Narayana Guru, Chattambi Swami, Ayyankali, Sahodaran Ayyappan and Vagbhadanandan, had created opinion in Kerala society against social evils, he said. The Communist movement had its origins there and went on to organise a powerful movement against social evils, Mr. Vijayan said.

The first Communist ministry in the State led by E.M.S. Namboothiripad laid the foundation for all progressive steps and legislations in the State, he said.

CPI (M) district secretary G. Sudhakaran presided over. Deshabhimani resident editor P. Rajeev presented a paper. The former Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University Cyriac Thomas inaugurated the discussions.