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Congress not a reliable ally: Karat

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THRISSUR OCT. 2. The CPI(M) politburo member, Prakash Karat, has said that the Congress is not a reliable ally in the fight against globalisation and communalism.

Inaugurating a national seminar on `Challenges of globalisation facing India' organised by the DYFI here today, Mr. Karat said that "even when we say that the BJP, which is ruling at the Centre, is the main enemy, we cannot compromise with forces like the Congress which support the globalisation policies driven by imperialist forces and controlled by big capital.''

``We cannot have any understanding or alliance with parties like the Congress as they have no fundamentally different policies from the parties which presently govern the country,'' Mr. Karat said.

He said that both the Congress and the BJP were political parties of the ruling class in India and hence they had no qualms in following the dictates of institutions like the World Bank that articulate policies of the globalisation.

``Even if a Congress Government is installed at the Centre due to popular agitation, there will be no change in the policies. The Finance Ministers may change, but the economic policies will remain the same,'' he said. Mr. Karat said it was wrong to assume that the perpetrators of globalisation were opposed to sectarian ideologies.

``In fact the forces of globalisation support the most fundamentalist regimes like the one in Saudi Arabia, as long as those regimes protect the interest of the capital. In India also they have formed very strong ties with the RSS-BJP-led Government. All over the world, the imperialist forces have encouraged the sectarian groups which base on the ideologies like religion, community and ethnicity,'' he said.

One of the best evidences of the unreliable nature of the Congress was the attitude of the Antony regime in Kerala. This Government boasted that it had the support of 100 MLAs and wide sections of people. But whenever it was confronted with an agitation against the globalisation policies, it unleashed repressive measures using police to crush the struggle, Mr. Karat said.

Similarly, it was interesting to note that while the Centre was ruled by the BJP, 15 States had Congress Chief Ministers. But none of these States had any fundamental differences of opinion with the Central Government on economic policies. If any State tried to adopt a different route, it would find it difficult to run its administration, manage its economy and bring in development, he argued.

Emphasising that the forces of globalisation perceived democracy as a hurdle to the imposition of their policies, Mr. Karat said this was why the ruling classes restricted and restrained democratic rights. Now even the judiciary had started curtailing democratic rights, and the court orders like the ban on bandhs, as well as the order against the right of the Government employees to strike were examples in this direction, he said

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