KOLLAM: The Marxist Communist Party of India (United) has criticised the CPM for `joining hands with religious fundamentalist forces for electoral gains.’
MCPI (U) politburo member M.Rajan said here on Monday that fundamentalist forces in all religions had become active in the era of globalisation and they were posing grave threat to democracy all over the world.
He said his party is contesting the elections by raising the slogan of an alternative economic policy which will ensure employment and fair income to all. The MCPI (U) urged the authorities to take steps to do away with the money power and muscle power from the democratic process. The government should fund the election campaign of candidates and the money needed for the same should collected from the rich in the form taxes, he said. Reservation of one third of seats for women in Parliament and state Assemblies and right to recall elected representatives have also been suggested by the party for reforming electoral system, he said.
Rajan said that the MCPI (U) has fielded two candidates in the state. T.S.Narayanan Master (Chalakkudy) and P.Krishnammal (Kollam) are the candidates fielded by the party.
The party has extended its support to SUCI candidates in Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha and Independent candidates Mary Francis Moolampally (Ernakulam ) and Jayakumar (Attingal). In other constituencies the MCPI (U) will support those candidates who take stand similar to the the party, Rajan said.
He said that his party had held talks with the the Left Coordination Committee formed by those who left the CPM.
MCPI (U) candidate for Kollam LS seat P.Krishnammal is a member of the state committee of the party and general secretary of the AIFDW.