Directly charging the DMK with a hand in the 2G spectrum scam, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat on Sunday asserted that the Left parties would together contest the elections without joining hands with any other party in Tamil Nadu.
In a speech which effectively ended speculations on the Left parties, especially the CPM, aligning with the DMK, Karat listed the charges in the 2G spectrum allocations, coal block allocations and KG Basin controversy as the major scams during the UPA government.
Signalling that corruption against the UPA government would be a major poll plank for the Left in the Parliament elections, he said “The 2G scam which caused a loss in exchequer for `1.76 lakh crore is well known to the people of the State as people from Tamil Nadu who were sitting in the government are directly responsible for the loss,” he said in an apparent reference to the DMK.
Inaugurating the ‘Venmani Martyrs Memorial’ built in the remembrance of 44 Dalit agricultural labourers torched by their landlord at the Keezhvenmani village for demanding higher wages, Karat said the Communist parties would join hands with other parties after the completion of Lok Sabha elections to form a successful non- Congress and non-BJP government at the Centre.
Taking a dig at the Congress-led UPA government, Karat said, “Under no other governments, we have seen such unprecedented high level corruption charges and the looting of the natural resources by multinational companies and corporates”.
The CPM leader also did not spare the BJP and said both the 2G spectrum and coal allocation scam was started by the earlier BJP-led government.
Recalling the demolition of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya, he said the communal forces of BJP and RSS pose a threat to the country as they were trying to divide the people on the basis of religion and communalism.
“The same communal forces under the leadership of Narendra Modi had carried out communal riots against the Muslim community at Gujarat in 2002. They are conspiring to create communal tension and instigate communal riots”.
Talking about the communist parties exist from the AIADMK alliance recently,he said, “As it is necessary for us to project a non-congress and non-BJP government at the Centre, we decided to work with the regional parties. We also came into an electoral understanding with AIADMK as they are willing to fight against the Congress rule. However, the AIADMK party unilaterally decided not to have an understanding with the left parties”, he noted.