KERALA

IUML a lesser evil than BJP, says CPI(M) leader

`No truck with Karunakaran and his party'

Staff Reporter

NILAMBUR: Had the Communist Party of India (Marxist) been a decisive force at the Centre, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader E. Ahamed would not have got a berth in the Union Ministry, said the CPI(M) Polit Bureau member S. Ramachandran Paillai. "We have accepted a lesser evil to keep the greater one at bay," Mr. Pillai said, replying to questions at the end of a national seminar organised by the E.M.S. Memorial Trust here on Monday.

Over a dozen delegates who attended the two-day seminar on `the world of EMS' had questioned the logic of the CPI(M) supporting the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre, of which Mr. Ahamed is a Minister, even when declaring that the party would have nothing to do with communal elements.

Mr. Pillai told them that the CPI(M) had no two opinion about whether Mr. Ahamed and his party were communal. But the party found no way but to support him to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is a greater danger, out of power, he said.

Mr. Pillai said that though communalism had become a fad among some sections, the CPI(M) would never turn a blind eye on them. The party has made no truck with the newly formed National Congress (Indira) and its leader K. Karunakaran, he said.

The privatisation moves of the UPA Government in sectors such as insurance, aviation and telecom cannot be stalled without launching mass agitations, he said. The CPI(M) will spearhead the agitation, he added.

The party, through its independent style of functioning, has denied the BJP its role of the Opposition at the Centre, Mr. Pillai said.

The party leader ruled out any immediate possibility of a merger between the CPI(M) and the CPI.

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