After Congress’ announcement of Rahul Gandhi contesting elections from the Wayanad seat in Kerala, the ruling Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPM) in the state has accused the Congress of joining hands with “Muslim Fundamentalists” on the pretext of fighting the Bharatiya Janata Party, reports News18.
“In Wayanad, UDF (United Democratic Front) ally Muslim League is more dominant than the Congress. The latter has also entered into a pact with the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the Popular Front of India. Therefore, Rahul Gandhi is fighting the election as a joint candidate of the Congress, IUML, Jamaat and SDPI,” CPM Kerala unit general secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan was quoted in the report as saying.
According to the report, Balakrishnan further attacked Congress and asked if the party leadership had given a thought to whether entering into alliances with “extremist” organisations would help it at the national level.
He said that the way to defeat BJP is “not by joining hands with communal Muslims”.
The former state Home Minister termed the alliance “political bankruptcy” and said that secular democratic parties would give a befitting reply to Congress’ “Himalayan blunder” of fielding Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad.
“It’s the responsibility of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to defeat Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad... Fielding him from Wayanad shows the Congress has lost the strength to challenge the BJP in north India. Rahul Gandhi fears losing in Amethi,” the CPM Politburo member said.