Congress asks CPI(M) to shed politics of violence for talks

Mullappally Ramachandran 

Thiruvananthapuram: “If CPI(M) is ready to shed politics of violence and its Stalinist thoughts, Congress is ready for an open discussion to form a secular democratic front to fight fascism,” said Kerala Congress chief Mullappally Ramachandran on Sunday.

Speaking during his Janamaha Yathra at Malappuram, he said the CPI(M) saw Congress as the main opposition and not the BJP and it would not be possible for the CPI(M) to create a Left alternative at the national-level. He further said to fight fascist forces, the Kerala CPI(M) should accept the party’s Bengal and Tripura units’ decision.

His remarks, however, did not go down well with the other members of the party. Former chief and MLA K Muraleedharan rubbished the statement and said the Congress could do well without the help of the CPI (M).

However, the CPI(M) slammed his remarks, saying that it doesn’t require the co-operation of Congress and that it had policies similar to that of the BJP. It is to be noted that thehe Congress and the CPI(M) have been in a bitter fight in Kerala for decades.

NT Bureau