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CPI(M) says ban on PFI is not the way to tackle the problem

IndiaCPI(M) says ban on PFI is not the way to tackle the problem

Popular Front of India is an organization that has extremist views with violent activities but CPIM says the ban is not the way out.

While the CPI(M) has been firmly opposed to these extremist ideas and has always condemned the violent activities of the PFI, they say naming PFI as an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) is not the way to tackle this problem. Past experience has shown that sanctions on organizations like the RSS and the Maoists were not effective. Whenever this organization indulges in illegal or violent activities, strict administrative action should be taken against PFI as per the existing laws. Its communal and divisive ideology should be exposed and fought politically among the people.

Both PFI and RSS are employed in killings and retaliatory killings in Kerala and Coastal Karnataka, leading to communal polarization and disturbing the social atmosphere. There are also extremist organizations like Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, whose members have been found to be involved in the murders of eminent secular writers and personalities.

All such forces, whether they represent the extremist majority or minority groups, must be countered using the regular laws of the land and by firm administrative action.

Maintaining the secular-democratic character of the republic by countering such forces should be the prime duty of those who exercise power and take an oath to uphold the Constitution.

With the nationwide raids against its office bearers, the Union government on Wednesday banned the Popular Front of India and several of its associates for five years under the stringent anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, accusing them of having “links” with global terror groups like ISIS.

The PFI’s political offshoot Social Democratic Party of India has strongly condemned the ban saying this was part of the “undeclared emergency” clamped by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Union government in the country.

Many mainstream politicians and political parties, however, saw the ban as the right decision including Congress. Many in the opposition called for a similar ban on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh the ideological fountainhead of the – BJP.

Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad called the RSS a “Hindu extremist organization” that deserved to be banned upon being asked by journalists to react to PFI’s ban.

“They keep raising the bogey of PFI. It is the RSS, which is all about Hindu extremism, which deserves to be banned first,” said Lalu.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said political isolation, not banning organizations like the PFI, was the solution

Striking back at BJP chief J.P. Nadda for alleging that Kerala, ruled by his party-led LDF is a “hotspot of terrorism”, Yechury asked the former to tell the RSS to stop “retaliatory killings” and allow the state administration to take action against extremist organizations.

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