(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 03 , 2008
Do Not Politicise Blasts: Yechury
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury demanded that the Bangalore blasts "be not politicised" and urged the Karnataka government to expedite investigation and ensure a "thorough probe" into the incident.
Speaking to newspersons after visiting the sites of the blast on July 26, Yechury said "There were several theories floating regarding the reason behind the attack", including a theory over the blast being a "retaliatory attack" or perhaps a "dress rehearsal" for a larger one of greater intensity”. He felt if the blasts were a rehearsal then "Bangalore should brace itself for larger attack which needs to be foiled and this could be done only through comrehensive investigation", he said.
Yechury was accompanied by CPI(M) Polit Bureau member K Varadharajan, CPI secretary D Raja and Forward Bloc secretary Devarajan and state level leaders of the Left parties. Yechury called for not politicising these incidents and strongly condmened attempts to do so. “There should be a united common resolve to tackle the issue", he said. The centre should render all support to the state government on the matter and all the agencies including the central agencies should work in cooperation to nab the culprits.
"There should be no communalising or branding of the issue, what is required is an impartial inquiry", he said adding terrorism was beyond regional, religion or linguistic divide.
He said that questions like lapse in intelligence failure or the state government not heeding to warnings could be settled later, right now the focus should be on tracking the culprits. He also cautioned that speculations should not deflect actual investigations.
Remaining vigilant was the need of the hour, he said while lauding the people of the city for not falling a prey to provocation, which was the main aim of anti-national forces, seeking to create disunity and anarchy.
Asked about the coming together of ten parties as an alternative to Congress and BJP, Yechury said “it is not a front which would amount to a cut-and-paste job of parties.” The issues of price rise, agricultural distress, communalisation, India-US nuclear deal and alleged misuse of the Central Bureau of Investigation and other agencies by the government for political gains would be taken up in the joint campaign. He described the nuclear agreement as “a deal between a lame-duck administration in the US and a minority government in India.”