Party's Politburo Member and Rajya Sabha MP, Brinda Karat said that the "struggle for secularism" in India was a struggle for the country's survival and its advancement.
Indirectly referring to the controversy surrounding the missing words 'Socialist' and 'Secularism' from the Preamble to the Constitution in advertisements issued by the NDA government early this week, she expressed shock that the Centre was open to debate on this matter.
"It is a matter of deep concern that we have a government at the Centre with a Prime Minister with 31 per cent vote share (that BJP scored in last year's Lok Sabha polls) which wants to debate principles of the Constitution. We are shocked Ministers want to debate it," she said.
On US President Barack Obama's speech at Siri Fort on January 27 where he said India will succeed so long as it is not 'splintered' on religious lines, she said he had made such remarks because of the presence of Hindutva forces.
Karat was addressing a conference organised by G K Vasan's Tamil Maanila Congress(M), titled "The Challenges and Threats to Secular India," coinciding with the 67th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

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