New Delhi, Dec 28 (PTI) The CPI(M) today said the year 2017 was that of “emboldened Hindutva forces”, even as it resolved to forge the unity of “secular and democratic forces” to defeat the BJP in the coming year. Also Read - Veteran Congress Leader Satish Sharma Dies at 73

In an editorial titled ‘Resolve for 2018’ party organ ‘People’s Democracy’, former secretary general of the party, Prakash Karat, emphasised that through united struggles and movements, a credible alternative to the BJP government’s neo-liberal policies and communal agenda could be projected in the country. Also Read - New Delhi, Goa and Mumbai Top Booked Destinations by Indians During Valentine’s Week

“The people have borne the brunt of right-wing offensive in the year 2017. Under the Modi regime, the Hindutva forces became more emboldened. For the Left and democratic forces, the major task lies in stepping up the struggles against the attacks on people’s livelihood. Also Read - Mira Rajput Flaunts Her Rs 20K Abstract Print Co-ord in Goa And Husband Shahid Kapoor Goes Flirty Over The Look

“It is by forging people’s unity on these issues that the wider unity of secular democratic forces to defeat the BJP will emerge. Let this be the resolve for 2018,” Karat said.

Looking back at the year 2017, the Left leader said the year “unfolded with the forces of reaction on the ascendant”.

He added that by the last quarter of the year, the forces of resistance against the right wing offensive had begun to assert themselves and make their presence felt.

Taking a dig at the ruling party, Karat said even though the BJP could not win a majority in Goa and Manipur, it “manoeuvred to form governments” in both the states.

He also accused the central government of imposing more burdens on the people, specially traders, by implementing the policy of demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST).

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.