New Delhi, May 6 UNI | 3 months ago

The CPI(M)today blamed the BJP for the violence in Assam last week in which 31 people were killed by extremists and strongly condemned the "rabid communal propaganda" by BJP leaders in election rallies.

Urging the Election Commission to intervene and stop the BJP from indulging in such "communal targeting", CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury said in a statement here that BJP's PM nominee Narendra Modi and party president Rajnath Singh had been constantly raising the issue of Bangladeshi infiltrators to "target" Bengali-speaking Muslims.

In a number of speeches in Assam and West Bengal, they had threatened that these "infiltrators" would be thrown out of the country, it said.

The CPM said such a campaign with communal overtones had caused insecurity among minorities and raised tensions.

This had been one of the factors that contributed to the killing of 31 people in the Bodoland Territorial District of Assam where Bengali-speaking Muslims were targeted by Bodo extremists.

It said the rally addressed by Mr Modi in Faizabad yesterday had a portrait of Lord Ram in the backdrop and he had also made a direct appeal invoking Lord Ram in his political statements.

"These are a blatant misuse of religious appeal for political purposes. The Election Commission should immediately take action against this electoral offence," the statement said.

(Posted on 07-05-2014)