Pioneer News Service | New Delhi
"Our opposition to the deal notwithstanding, he (Pandhe) should not have linked it to a backlash by the Muslims. I doubt whether the other parties trusted by the Muslims feel in a similar fashion. We should not take such suicidal steps," a Muslim CPM leader said. He feared that such statements might boomerang on the party's face and deal a severe blow to its electoral prospects. Throughout the day, the CPM remained tightlipped and did not offer any explanation or contradiction to its "Muslim backlash" comment.