ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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CHIEF MINISTERS CONFERENCE-States Refuse to Yield

Confusing the Gullible NO knowledgeable person will be taken in by the Lenin-quoting general secretary of the Congress(I), K N Singh's denunciation of the CPI(M)'s recent politbureau decision which keeps the door open for the party's alliance with the National Front even if the latter has some sort of electoral arrangements with the BJP. Singh's attempts at pitting the so-called Kerala line against the so-called Bengal line of the CPI(M) only serves to reveal the palpable nervousness that the latest decision of the CPI(M) has given rise to in Congress(I) dovecotes. Indeed, Singh's pontifieations about the virtues of secular politics is an example of utter cynicism that has become the hallmark of his party. Barely a fortnight ago, the Congress(I) had openly joined hands with the conservative church circles in Mizoram to light Laldenga who had fallen foul of the latter because of his opposition to the interference of religious institutions in the politics of the state. The Congress(I) election manifesto in Mizoram had openly promised to "establish government in tandem with christian principles" and pledged that "as christians it is our bounden responsibility to proclaim the gospel".

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