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`Only communal agenda is shining'

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE, FEB. 19. The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has urged the political parties outside the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to form a joint front to combat the threat posed to "secular democracy'' by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Sangh Parivar. While offering full support to such an arrangement, the league has warned that any attempts to exclude it from the front will fail in combating communal forces.

Inaugurating the district Muslim League conference, its national President and former MP, G.M. Banatwala, said the BJP and the NDA posed the single biggest threat to the secular democratic fabric of the nation. Noting that the nation was passing through testing times, he said it was important to recognise the threat posed by fascist forces.

He accused the BJP and its allies in the Sangh Parivar of implementing their own communal agenda in the pretext of the NDA agenda, and expressed the fear that this would end up dismantling the secular polity.

He said the league would not allow such a possibility, and urged all likeminded parties to thwart these forces.

He said IUML from the very beginning had given a call to all non-BJP/NDA parties to come together. This was the ultimate practical necessity to ensure that justice for all sections of people prevailed.

Lambasting the "India Shining" campaign and the feel good factor being espoused by the BJP and its allies, Mr. Banatwala said only the "communal agenda'' of the BJP was shining. The campaign and doling out of generous political sops to people exhibited the nervousness of the NDA.

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