The veteran Marxist who firmly stood by CPM general secretary Prakash Karat and supported the Left Front’s decision to withdraw support from the UPA government on the issue of Indo-US nuclear deal last year made a complete U-turn on Sunday.
Wiser after the Lok Sabha polls setback, CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan said withdrawing support on the nuclear deal was a mistake.
He also admitted that the ‘third alternative’ theory did not go down well with the masses.
“People were not convinced that the Third Front was capable of offering a stable government and hence came out in support of the Congress and its allies,” he said.
About the Left’s debacle in Kerala and Bengal, he said, “Local factors in these states contributed largely to the poor performance of the Left candidates. We had said earlier that in Bengal the policies on land acquisition and industry were flawed. This has been clearly reflected in the ballot”.