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Welcoming the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi's recent announcement that the party was for a pre-poll alliance with like-minded parties, Mr. Raja said the CPI's primary objective was to defeat the BJP which, he said, was "communal, imperialist and fascist". Though the party was for a third front at the national-level as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress, it was not inimical to working with the Congress for defeating the BJP.
Describing the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre as a "fragile and unprincipled" coalition, he said it had failed on all fronts. The NDA partners were also responsible for the acts of the BJP which was pursuing "anti-secular" policies under the guise of the NDA, he said.
The Left and like-minded parties, along with activist groups, was planning a demonstration on September 9 to protest the visit of the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. "Receiving him now goes against the cherished foreign policy of our country and militates against the non-alignment spirit. We oppose any truck with the imperialist forces," he said.
Referring to the Tamil Nadu situation, Mr. Raja said that it was unfortunate that the Dravidian parties were having an alliance with the BJP, which was against the ideology of their mentor Periyar.
Welcoming the DMK's opposition to the ban on cow slaughter and a uniform civil code, Mr. Raja felt that the party was slowly distancing itself from the BJP and the sooner it broke its alliance with that party at the national level, the better for the State.
Criticising the AIADMK for following its own "Hindutva" policy like the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, Mr. Raja ruled out any alliance with the party in future. He criticised the AIADMK Government for its "anti-labour" policies and for registering cases against Opposition leaders on a charge of "instigating" Government employees.
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