Left to explore post-poll alignment: Yechury
The left and democratic forces would explore possibility of post-poll political alignment at the Centre with participation of regional parties, CPI (M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury today said.
Talking to reporters at a meeting, 'Dilli Chalo' organised by the Calicut Press Club, he said all the previous coalitions, including the Janata party experiment in 1977 to 2004 UPA, took shape after the polls.
And this time too such an arrangement would come into force after the election, as angered by the mis-rule of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, people are expected to give them a severe drubbing.
Accusing the UPA of withdrawing many subsidized schemes for the common man, he said at the same time it took steps to appease the corporate sector in the country. He said the government had shown leniency towards Indian and foreign corporate houses by giving a whopping Rs five lakh crore concessions during its tenure. The country has no shortage of funds, but it was either looted through corrupt practices, utilised for wrong measures and policies or channelized for the benefits of rich corporates.
This fund could have been utilised appropriately for welfare measures of the down trodden sections of the people, agrarian infrastructure development to protect farmers and to create more job opportunities for youth, he said.
Stating people are frustrated over the anti-people policies pursued by the government she said their reaction would be reflected in the election.
In such a scenario, people's choice would be an alternative of left and democratic forces which would gain momentum after the polls, he said. On Shahi Imam of Delhi Juma Masjid extending support to the UPA, he said he had backed the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance in 2004, but it faced its Waterloo in the election. The Congress too is expected to face the same situation, he said. He added the election manifesto of the BJP lacked affective policies for the people. 'What they are going to do - make statues of their leaders throughout - after the polls?'
Hailing Kerala for taking new directions, he called upon people to elect Left Democratic Front candidates to strengthen it in the Lok Sabha to achieve its goal. Justifying the decision of not divulging details of probe conducted by the party into murder of Revolutionary Marxist Party leader T P Chandrasekharan here two years ago, he said it was an internal matter.
(Posted on 06-04-2014)