CPM’s motives come to fore

via www.newindpress.com published on September 28, 2006

T’PURAM: A U-turn from its earlier stand on CBI inquiry into the Marad carnage itself is an indication of the political motives of the CPM in tabling the judicial inquiry report on the Marad massacre incident in the Assembly, circulating it in the media and recommending action on it.

The party which openly decried the demand for a CBI inquiry after the Marad massacre, has now endorsed the same demand, that has been vehemently raised by the RSS and BJP since then.

When asked about this in a press conference convened on Monday to announce the CBI inquiry, Home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said, “The CPM usually doesn’t support demands for CBI inquiries. But, in this case it has been decided like that since the judicial inquiry commission recommended it.”

But actually, it was the last reason for the party to justify its stand on the inquiry report. The unprecedented haste shown by the LDF government in acting on the report is neither a selfless gesture nor one taken out of the bona-fide intention to save secularism.

The reasons are all political.A major blow to the Congress and A K Antony, a political victory over the IUML without sweating much, a good bait for attracting the Sangh Parivar sympathy and the support of Hindu voters, a plough to set the field for the growth of an alternate Muslim Front in Malabar led by K T Jaleel and Co and a powerful rein to keep the fundamental outfits like the NDF under its wings.

The report by the Thomas P Joseph Commission is all these to the CPM and no wonder the government has not wasted a single moment to act upon that.

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