Bhubaneswar: The country is faced with the danger of communal forces and terrorists threatening to demolish its secular democratic fabric, charged Tripura chief minister Mr Manik Sarkar.
Addressing a convention on communalism and terrorism, Mr Sarkar said that the gravity of the situation can be judged from the developments taking place with regards to the Malegaon blast probe. "Even former army officers are arrested," he said while talking about the reach of divisive forces.
"The Left is the only party which has stood firm and taken on the divisive forces, therefore it is being targeted in West Bengal," he remarked.
"Multinationals and divisive forces have joined hands to try and destabilise the Left Front government in West Bengal because they are aware that growth of the Left forces will spell doom for them," he said.
"Political parties need to rise above religious and caste based politics," he contended before dwelling on terrorism, price rise, inflation and land acquisition .
"Inflation has dropped to nine per cent, crude oil prices have slumped and yet the price of essential commodities remain high," said Mr Sarkar.
"The UPA government is not reducing the price of petrol and diesel because it stands obliged to rich and powerful oil refinery owners," he alleged.
In her speech Ms Sudha Sundaraman of All India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) said that the recent communal carnage in Kandhamal district of Orissa was a glaring instance of how the BJP and Sangha Parivar want to repeat their Gujarat experiment.
"We condemn the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati but the communal violence that took place in the aftermath of the murder was a planned attack by the Hindutva brigade," she charged. "This kind of communal and divisive politics results in growth of counter fundamentalists in other religions," she added.
Eminent writer Bhibuti Patnaik, state CPI(M) leader Mr Sivaji Patnaik, Janardan Pati and others delivered speeches.