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CPI(M) under Oppn's attack for not attending Lalu's anti-BJP rally in Patna

Party, meanwhile, refuses to be part of any electoral alliance involving Congress

Archis Mohan  |  New Delhi 

Lalu's anti-BJP rally at Patna
(L-R) Former Chief minister of Jharkhand Hemant Soren, former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav with RJD leaders Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav during the Bhajapa (BJP) bhagao, desh bachao rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Sunday | Photo: PTI

The Communist Party of (Marxist) is coming for increasing criticism from several of the parties, including ally Communist Party of (CPI), for abdicating its historical responsibility to fight "fascist forces".

Several leaders have conveyed their displeasure to the (M) top brass for the party's absence from Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad's unity 'Bhagao, Desh Bachao' (Banish BJP, Save Country) rally in on Sunday.

Clarifying his party's stand, (M) chief on Tuesday said his party will not be a constituent of any electoral alliance that involves the

RJD's Prasad, some of the leaders, rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav and CPI's D Raja have told the (M) top leadership that its strategy was myopic and weakened the joint effort needed to fight the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

The CPI, the left ally of the (M), was represented at the rally by its chief S Sudhakar Reddy and Rajya Sabha member D Raja. "We need to build the broadest secular alliance to fight the BJP-nexus. The is a pan-party and we cannot avoid working with the in our fight against fascist forces," Raja said.

leaders have also pointed out the "inconsistency" of (M)'s position about electoral alliances, when its state unit in Andhra Pradesh asked the rank and file to support YS Jaganmohan Reddy-led YSR Party in the recently concluded assembly by-poll in Nandyal.

However, Yechury is slated to attend rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav-led 'save composite culture' event in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, on Wednesday. Yechury is likely to remain associated with the effort. The Indore meeting will also be addressed by leaders Digvijaya Singh and Anand Sharma and Nationalist Party Lok Sabha member Tariq Anwar.

On Tuesday, Yechury argued the rally was that of the 'mahagatbandhan', or grand alliance', in and that his party has decided it will not take part in any rally of the grand alliance since is its integral part. He said Yadav's 'save composite culture' was not an electoral alliance. "Saving the composite culture is a larger issue," Yechury said.

The (M)'s stated "political tactical line" mandates that there should be no alliance or understanding with the


First Published: Wed, August 30 2017. 01:47 IST