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CPI-M the most uncivilised party: BJP

CPI-M the most uncivilised party: BJP

Publication: The Hindustan Times
Date: July 7, 2000

THE BJP today described the CPI (M) as "most uncivilised" party - a term often used by Jyoti Basu to describe it - for boycotting the birth centenary celebration of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister A B Vajpayee in Calcutta yesterday.

Following up on Mr Vajpayee's criticism of West Bengal Deputy Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharya for his absence at the Calcutta function, the party said the CPI(M)'s boycott was an insult to the people of Bengal.

It announced plans to make it an issue in the State, which goes to the Assembly polls early next year.

Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson M Venkaiah said, as the Prime Minister had pointed out, "ideological differences do not persist after a person dies. This is against the Indian tradition.

Home Minister L K Advani attended the funeral of veteran Communist leader E M S Namboodiripad to show that ideological differences did not come in the way of acknowledging the work of a Communist leader."

He said, "Dr Mukherjee represented the legacy of Indian nationalism. He was a distinguished son of Bengal.

It is highly regrettable, to say the least, that the Government of West Bengal boycotted the function. It is the CPI (M)'s insult to the people of Bengal.

The party has proved once again that it is the most uncivilised party."

The BJP spokesperson said Mr Bhattacharya's defence of his boycott would convince none. "By stating that Dr Mukherjee had communal feelings, he has created a new controversy. He has no right to talk about communalism when his party has no qualms about aligning itself with communal parties in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The CPI (M) has shared platform with the Muslim League in Chennai yesterday."

Mr Naidu said, "Mr Bhattacharya has forgotten that he would not have been Deputy Chief Minister of  the State but for the valiant efforts of Dr Mukherjee to prevent the handing over of the entire Bengal to Pakistan."

He said Dr Mukherjee was against the partition of the country and when it became inevitable, he  played a big role in creating public opinion in favour of partition of Bengal. "If he had not done it, the whole of Bengal and perhaps, Assam would have fallen to Pakistan.

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