Friday, February 19, 2016

Defend People's Constitutional Rights -- Left Parties

 Defend People's Constitutional Rights -- Left Parties

Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Communist Party of India

Revolutionary Socialist Party

All India Forward Bloc

Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation

Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist)

February 19, 2016

Press Release

Leaders of the six Left parties - the CPI(M), CPI, RSP, AIFB, CPI(ML) &
SUCI(C) met in New Delhi today. They have issued the following statement:

Defend People's Constitutional Rights

The Left parties strongly condemn the attack launched by the RSS-BJP against
the Left and all other progressive forces. It is clear that under the false
allegation of being "anti-national" the RSS-BJP have mounted an all India
attack against the Indian people.

The Left parties while strongly condemning the attack mounted by the RSS
under the patronage of this BJP-led NDA government against the Jawaharlal
Nehru University see this as part of a larger design by the communal forces
to carry forward their agenda in institutions of higher learning. This
systemic pattern is clearly visible in the incidents in Film & Television
Institute of India, Hyderabad Central University leading to the tragic
suicide of Rohit Vemula, the incidents in IIT Chennai and now in Jadavpur

It is clear that the RSS-BJP are mounting an open attack on the democratic
and constitutional rights of the people. Further, such attacks are part of
the efforts to sharpen communal polarisation in the country to also divert
the attention of the people from the growing burdens being imposed upon them
by the total failure of this NDA-led Modi government on all fronts.

The Left parties demand that the JNU Students Union President, Kanhaiya
Kumar must be released and all cases of sedition filed against students must
be withdrawn forthwith. No harassment and witch hunting must be allowed. The
truth has now come out that most of the evidence produced by the government
was fabricated. Those who have fabricated the evidence and propagated it,
must be punished under the law.

The Left parties have decided to call for an all India protest from February
23 to 25, against the machinations of the Central government under RSS
guidance. This countrywide campaigns amongst the people to expose such
attacks on the people including the violence in the courts will be under the
banner "Defend People's Constitutional Rights".

The Left parties appeal to all progressive, democratic and secular forces to
join this protest.

Those who attended today meeting are:

Sitaram Yechury, Prakash Karat & S Ramachandran Pillai - CPI(M), Sudhakar
Reddy, Gurudas Dasgupta & D Raja - CPI, Swapan Mukherjee -
CPI(ML)-Liberation, Abani Roy - RSP,  Pran Sharma - SUCI(C) and Debabrata
Biswas (AIFB).

Released from the CPI(M) Office

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