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BJP distorting history: Left Front
Subhrangshu Gupta

Kolkata, April 10
The CPM-led Left Front in its ‘election appeal’ to the people, has lashed out at the BJP and other NDA partners for disturbing the country’s unity by using the communal card.

CPM Politburo member, Biman Bose, (also the Left Front chairman) who released the appeal at a press conference last evening, alleged that the BJP and its allies were now distorting the history and mythology of the ancient India and using them for their vested interests.

He admitted that they (the Communists) had made a mistake in the past in the assessment of the great men like Rammohan, Rabindranath, Vidyasagar, Vivekananda, Netaji and others but they had never undervalued their contributions to the society.

Mr Bose alleged that the BJP on the eve of the elections was trying make a political gain by accepting the VHP and RSS demand for constructing a temple at Ayodhya before settling the Masjid issue.

According to the CPM secretary, Mr Anil Biswas, the NDA’s election manifesto which the Prime Minister had announced yesterday had been drafted at the dictation of the RSS and VHP which the partners had endorsed.

He criticized Ms Mamata Banerjee of following double standards. He demanded that Ms Banerjee should have the courage now to again resign from the Vajpayee government since after the declaration of the NDA’s manifesto she had no moral right to be in the chair any more.

Mr Biswas alleged that Ms Banerjee had lied to the people that she as Coal Minister did not agree to the decision of privatizing the collieries but still she had signed the manifesto on behalf of the TMC which took the decision to privatize collieries after the elections.

Incidentally, the BJP president, Mr Venkaiah Naidu, during his stay in the city today also said the decision of privatizing the collieries had been taken after consulting with the Coal Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee.

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