Dismissing former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy’s crossing over to the BJP as “Aya Ram Gaya Ram’ politics, the CPI-M on Sunday said it would be “suicidal” if anybody harboured thoughts of fighting one of them by joining the other as the two parties “complement each other”.
“So many people go to these parties, so many people leave. That doesn’t affect the people. This is nothing but Aya Ram Gaya Ram politics,” Communist Party of India-Marxist’s West Bengal state Secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra.
The expression “Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram” refers to Haryana legislator Gaya Lal, who changed party thrice in a fortnight in 1967.
Roy, one of the founders of Trinamool, earlier this week joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi.
Accusing the BJP led government at the centre and the Trinamool regime in West Bengal of carrying out a three-pronged attack on the masses, Mishra said: “democracy is under attack, people’s life and livelihood is under attack and there is an attempt to polarise people on religion, caste and community lines”.
He alleged that the Sangh Parivar including the BJP was trying to polarise people in the state with the “backing of the state government”.
“Their principal target is the Leftists, particularly the CPI-M. Such attacks on the CPI-M is happening across the country, particularly in West Bengal.
“There were communal clashes, tension in some areas of late. The state government’s role seems to strengthen the poliarisation.”
In an obvious allusion to the Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s meeting with Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee this week, Mishra said: “Even the Shiv Sena is giving a certificate to Mamata because she is anti-communist.”
Asked whether there could be an exodus from various anti-Trinamool parties in the state to the BJP, he said: “If anybody thinks Trinamool will fight the BJP, or BJP will fight against the Trinamool, I think that is suicidal. BJP and the Trinamool complement each other.”
“You cannot fight the one by taking along the other. To fight these forces, the Left and other democratic and secular forces need to come to a common platform”.