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What’s use of talks, if Pak artists not allowed to perform, asks Sitaram Yechury

KOLKATA(PTI): CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Sunday said Indo-Pak relation should move beyond leaders and wondered what is the use of talks if Pakistani players and artists are not allowed to perform in India.

Sitaram Yechury

“Now the talks have started. So the talks are only among leaders. What is the use of talks if Pakistani Singer Ghulam Ali is not allowed to sing in Mumbai, Pakistani cricket players are not allowed to play in our country?” Yechury wanted to know. “The talks can’t be conducted in a superficial way. You need to stress on people-to-people contact,” he said while addressing a rally at the open session of the party’s five-day plenum.

“Modiji is only interested in foreign trips. He is eating breakfast in Kabul, lunch in Lahore and dinner in Delhi. Before elections he claimed that he has a chest of 56 inches and he will not hold any talks with Pakistan without stopping terrorism,” the CPI(M) general secretary said. Yechury’s comment’s comes in the backdrop of a surprise visit by Modi to Pakistan when he flew into Lahore on Friday afternoon, his first touchdown in that country, to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

Yechury also condemned BJP leader and RSS ideologue Ram Madhav’s comment that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will unite one day, saying such comments are aimed at spreading “communalism.” “The RSS is saying they want a united India by taking along Pakistan and Bangladesh. The comment is aimed at spreading communalism. It is aimed at pitting one brother (religion) against another brother (religion). The oil prices have come dowm in the international market, but the Centre is imposing one after another tax and not allowing the oil prices to fall,” Yechury said.

CPI(M) politburo member and MP Mohammed Salim alleged that a match fixing is going on between the TMC and the BJP. “The TMC is trying to fool the people. They are playing a fixed match with the BJP. The BJP is saving them from the CBI in the Saradha scam and the the TMC is supporting them in Parliament to pass various anti-people bills. You won’t find TMC protesting against the oil price hike,” Salim said.

Salim alleged that the bonhomie between the TMC and BJP can be found from the fact that BJP ministers who visit Bengal always praise Bengal government.

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