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'Tainted' ministers included to keep BJP out: CPI-M

June 03, 2004 21:48 IST

The Communist Party of India-Marxist on Thursday defended the inclusion of 'tainted' ministers in the United Progressive Alliance government saying keeping the Bharatiya Janata Party 'out of power' was more important.

"Let the people who are in the government decide on its formation and on who will be part of it and who will be ministers. We want a secular government," party politbureau member Sitaram Yechuri told reporters in Delhi when asked about the inclusion of 'tainted' persons in the Congress-led coalition, which the Left party supports from outside.

When pointed out that the then home minister Indrajit Gupta had expressed reservation about Mohammed Taslimuddin joining the Deve Gowda government as Minister of State for Home, he said, "It is not an issue for Left parties because we want to keep the BJP out of government."

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Meanwhile, Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies Mohammed Taslimuddin said, "These BJP people have no issues. They themselves are guilty of demolishing the (Babri) mosque. They have no other work left and are now engaged in making such allegations."

Minister of State for Human Resources Development M A A Fatimi said, "We are also fully prepared to come out with the details regarding the tickets they (BJP) allotted to such people (facing criminal cases) and this would be placed before the country. They should explain why they are raising the issue now."

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Sub: bjp worse than tainted ministers

power has gone into the heads of the leftists and the pseudo-secularists. they only want to keep the nda out of power by joining hands ...

Posted by mohanbir singh

Sub: The secularists are at it again

Calling Laloo a seculrist is a bit facetious. We should call him a secularist Yadav. The leftists are past masters at justifying anything. be it ...

Posted by T V S Sarma

Sub: Tainted OK as long as they are so called secularists.

"Let the people who are in the government decide on its formation and on who will be part of it and who will be ministers. ...

Posted by chanakya

Sub: This is the country where we teach love your enemy

Sitaram Yechuri CPI-M spokesperson statement is really shocking. BJP is as projected by their opponent is a non-secular party. But this party also have mandate ...

Posted by Rajeev Pareek

Sub: Mr Advani & Mr Fernandas leading the delegation to President

Big Jokers of Big Jokers Party leading the delegation. Now BJP has no work than doing like this. How we Indians are fooled by polititions.

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