New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM has accused the ideological parent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of “sharpening communal passions in the country.” In an editorial in the forthcoming issue of its party mouthpiece—People’s Democracy, the CPM says the RSS appears to have assumed the reins of direct control of the BJP after the latter’s continued internal dissesions.
“This, we had apprehended, would bring the aggressive hardcore Hindutva agenda to the fore which cannot but sharpen communal passions disturbing peace and harmony,” the editorial states, claiming these apprehensions have come true with the simmering communal tensions in the districts of Sangli and Kolhapur in western Maharashtra.
According to the CPM, such communal passions are aimed at causing polarization, with the aim of reaping benefits in the forthcoming assembly election in Maharashtra.
“A week after communal riots broke out in western Maharashtra’s Sangli and Kolhapur districts, the saffron combine derived much wanted political mileage out of it ahead of the assembly polls,” the editorial adds.
The piece further questions the ruling Congress-NCP combine in the state for its inability to prevent these tensions from escalating.