The CPI (M) politburo today expressed concern over implications of the “Ram Raj Rath Yatra” flagged off by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and BJP leaders at Ayodhya yesterday, and is to “retrace” the route of Rama to Sri Lanka, as described in the Hindu epic Ramayana.

The yatra was flagged off from the VHP’s local headquarters Karsewak Puram in Ayodhya by party general secretary Champat Rai.

The Yatra’s main agenda, the CPI (M) said, is to administer a pledge to the people for the construction of Ram temple at the disputed land in Ayodhya (even though the Supreme Court is still hearing petitions on this), re-establish ‘Ram Rajya’, include teaching of Ramayana in school syllabus, and replacing Sunday by Thursday as the weekly holiday to observe ‘National Hindu Day’.

In a statement issued today, the CPI(M) politburo said the yatra was flagged off in the presence of Faizabad BJP MP, Ayodhya’s BJP mayor and other BJP leaders.

The route of the yatra proceeds through BJP ruled states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, spending nearly a fortnight in Karnataka where Assembly elections are due, then proceeding via Kerala to reach Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.

“This yatra has an incendiary potential to sharpen communal polarisation in order to strengthen the communal Hindutva vote bank for the RSS-BJP. There are grave implications of possibilities for stoking communal tensions, violence and mayhem,” the statement said.

The CPI (M) has called upon the Central and state governments to strengthen the law and order apparatus to ensure that communal peace is not disturbed and individual right to life and liberty is not violated by the Yatra.

The party called upon all secular and peace-loving forces to expose the “sinister designs of communal mobilisation by the RSS/BJP”.