TAMIL NADU

Allergic not to DMK, but to ties with BJP: CPI(M)

CHENNAI Dec. 25. The CPI (M) today said it was "not allergic'' to the DMK and that it considered the party a democratic, secular organisation. But as long as the DMK remained part of the National Democratic Alliance, it would be difficult for the CPI (M) to work with the party.

There was no use talking about democracy, rationalism and secularism, while being part of the BJP-led NDA, the State secretary, N. Varadarajan, said in a statement.

It was the duty of nationalist and democratic forces "to defeat the designs of the BJP and the Sangh Parivar which spread communalism." The CPI (M) was forced to criticise parties which formed an "opportunistic alliance with the communal BJP".

But there was coordination between the DMK and the CPI(M), Mr. Varadarajan pointed out. In the agitation against privatisation of the transport sector, the Left unions had no hesitation fighting alongside of the DMK-affiliated Labour Progressive Front. Even now, the united agitation was on. Similarly, on farmers' issues and in the protest against "police excesses", both parties were on the same side.

But the CPI (M) was not willing to gloss over the disinvestment moves of the NDA Government, in which the DMK is a partner, while condemning such acts by the State Government, Mr. Varadarajan said. The DMK, which agitated against the economic policies of the AIADMK Government, followed the same policies at the national level, he said.

Picking holes in the DMK argument that the party stood for communal amity, he wanted to know whether it had a reply to the demand in the BJP for replicating the Gujarat model of electoral victory everywhere. Leaders of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh made it clear that it was the Hindutva plank which won the elections.

Also most of the utterances of the Prime Minister, A.B.Vajpayee, who said he was an advocate for the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, and of the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, who kept pointing to Pakistan beyond reason, were communal.

Mr. Varadarajan asked how the DMK, which opposed the law banning forced conversions in Tamil Nadu, could be part of the BJP-led alliance, which wanted such legislation enacted at the national level.