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Wednesday, 07 December 2022 4.52 AM IST

‘Ban is not a way to tackle this problem, all these extremist forces must be combated without distinction of majority or minority group’, CPM politburo on PFI ban


The central government has banned Popular Front and related organisations on today after nationwide raids and arrests. BJP, Muslim League and several other political parties welcomed this ban. Meanwhile, CPM politburo has responded through the statement that ban is not the effective way to tackle the problem.

‘Announcing PFI as a banned organisation as per UAPA is not a solution to the issue. Strict action must be taken against PFI as per existing rules. All communal forces should be punished in accordance with the legal system of the country, irrespective of the majority or minority,’ demanded politburo.

The politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Popular Front of India (PFI) is an organization which holds extremist views and has been indulging in violent activities against its perceived opponents. The CPI(M) has been strongly opposed to these extremist views and has always condemned the violent activities of the PFI.

However, the notification of the 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 bans on organisations like the RSS and the Maoists were not effective. There has to be firm administrative action under the existing laws against the PFI whenever it indulges in illegal or violent activities. Its sectarian and divisive ideology must be exposed and fought politically among the people.

The PFI and the RSS have been engaged in killings and retaliatory killings in Kerala and coastal Karnataka, vitiating the atmosphere with a view to create communal polarization. There are also extremist organisations like the Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, elements of whom have been implicated in the killings of noted secular writers and personalities.

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

Maintaining the secular-democratic character of the Republic by countering such forces must be the prime duty of those who exercise power and are sworn to uphold the Constitution.

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