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Congress can't defeat BJP with soft Hindutva: CPI-M

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The cannot defeat the BJP in elections with "soft tactics", the CPI-M has warned.

"If the thinks it can defeat the BJP by ... soft tactics, it is mistaken," said an editorial in "People's Democracy".

The said the elections in Chhattisgarh, and saw the conduct a campaign which was a pale echo of the platforms in some respects.

"The attempt to prove that the Congress was genuinely more Hindu than the BJP witnessed a flurry of temple visits by in the three states; the manifesto of the Congress in talked of 'gaushalas', commercial sale of 'gau mutra' and building a 'Ram Van Gaman Path Yatra'.

"In Rajasthan, the manifesto promised the setting up of an education board to propagate Vedic values. In the campaign, there was a palpable reluctance to speak out against the lynchings of Muslims like the killing of Pehlu Khan," the editorial said.

Nevertheless, the BJP will face electoral reverses in these three states "because the people have voted on issues such as jobs, farmers' distress, lack of basic amenities and corruption", the CPI-M said.

It said that various mass struggles offering a secular and democratic alternative "alone can counter the BJP-RSS gameplan and effectively foil it".

"The mobilisation of the working people ... and the numerous struggles and movements taking place around the country stand in stark contrast to the communal mobilisation being undertaken on the Ram temple issue at Ayodhya."



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 18:06 IST