Erol Katırcıoğlu, deputy of the parliamentary opposition, pro-Kurdish HDP party of Turkey, likened Turkey’s ruling conservative AKP party to the Bolsheviks while discussing the 71-item bill given by 8 deputies of the AKP party in the Planning and Budget Commission of Turkish Parliament.
The Commission has been discussing the bill for two days within the public procurement law. The members of the Commission note that the article bill that regulates exceptions, which passed in 2002, was changed 190 times, while the bill itself was changed 26 times.
It is reported that Erol Katırcıoğlu, known for his close relations with the fundamental Islamist Gülen Sect, said while discussing the article in question that they were trying to be a mirror for the ruling party, thus actually they are helping them.
Also likening the right-wing, conservative AKP to the Bolsheviks, Katırcıoğlu stated: “As a person coming from the left-wing, I see you like this: It seems to me that you are trying to establish a sort of the Soviet Union in this country. That is, I feel like –no matter how strange it sounds– you are the Bolsheviks and we are the Mensheviks. The Bolsheviks were the majority in the Duma and what they said came true, the system was established on their will, and that system was statist in its core. There was a ‘gross plan’; they planned everything. The case was almost that the plan determined who would wear what. … I am saying that I am likening the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.”