Left, Cong communalising country’s policies: Advani

via Pioneer News Service | Kozhikode published on April 19, 2006

The leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha LK Advani accused the Left parties and the Congress of communalising the country’s foreign policy and domestic policy respectively.

“If Sonia Gandhi is genuinely concerned about communalisation of India’s foreign policy, why is her party relentlessly communalising our domestic policy?” he asked while taking part in a meet-the-press programme here on Tuesday.

He alleged that the Muslim headcount in the Armed Forces, temptation to push religion-based reservations in State after State, contempt of the Supreme Court by bringing in IMDT through the backdoor in Assam thereby aiding the continuing demographic aggression from Bangladesh and unanimous resolution in the Kerala Assembly for the release of Abdul Nazar Madani, the prime accused in the Coimbatore bomb blasts are examples of Congress’ attempt of communalising policies.

Referring to CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat’s interview in a magazine, Mr Advani said Mr Karat had rejected Ms Gandhi’s charge that Left parties were communalising India’s foreign policy, which showed the “brittleness” of the UPA.

“He has also commented that Ms Gandhi’s allegation was failure to justify the Centre’s pro-US orientation. Such allegations and counter-allegations between the two principal constituents of the UPA show the extreme brittleness of the ruling alliance,” Mr Advani said. They also exposed how the leadership of both the Congress and the CPI(M) were “unprincipled” and “hypocritical” in their respective stands, he added.

“Mr Karat’s self-justification on the issue of communalisation of foreign policy is both dangerous and disingenuous,” he said.

Mr Advani said that it was the Congress and the communists who were hurting the minorities and the cause of national integration by their competitive politics of ‘minorityism’.

He said the US Administration’s attack on Iraq was condemnable, not because Iraq was a Muslim country or that Muslims around the world were agitated over it. “In fact, it was condemned by Muslims and non-Muslims alike,” he said

“Mr Karat has said that there was nothing wrong in Muslims worldwide being concerned about how the Bush Administration is acting. I fail to understand how a self-styled secular party in India can tailor its own foreign policy on the basis of how a particular community might be reacting to the US conduct,” Mr Advani said.

The BJP leader claimed that during the NDA rule, Parliament had unanimously deplored the US action and that the Vajpayee government refused when Washington put pressure on India to send troops to Iraq. “The CPI(M)’s conduct, however, is of a decidedly anti-secular kind. It exploited the anti-cartoon sentiments among Indian Muslims to join hands with fundamentalist Muslim organisations in mobilising anti-Bush rallies in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and other places.”

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