AAP is no model for the Left, says Brinda Karat

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 26, 2015 22:33 IST
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat speaks to senior editors of Hindustan Times on Wednesday. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)

The CPI-M does not consider Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party as a role model for Left forces despite its support to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's party on several issues.

CPI-M politburo member Brinda Karat said on Wednesday, "Without any comprehensive understanding of issues, the AAP moves from one issue to another."

During Kejriwal's six-month rule in the capital, there has been "growing disappointment with the AAP", she said during an interaction with senior editors of Hindustan Times.

"They (AAP) made a lot of promises, We support them on issues like full statehood for Delhi and control over Delhi Police. But there can't be excuses for not delivering on their promises. For example, what are they doing to improve the Delhi's public distribution system? It is in shambles," she said.

Karat's critical assessment comes amid Kejriwal's first attempt to work with non-NDA, non-Congress parties on the issue of Centre-state relations. The Delhi chief minister will organise a symposium on Centre-state relations next month and the Left has confirmed its participation in the event.

She clarified her party's participation in the AAP-led symposium is only restricted to Centre-state relations, ruling out the possibility of further deepening of ties between the two parties in the near future.

Karat, the CPI-M's in-charge for Delhi, accused the AAP of not sticking to any core ideology. "The advantage (of a party) being non-ideological is that it can also be seen as an opportunistic party," she said.

She pointed out that governments across the world are taking over power supply from private companies but Kejriwal recently said his government will only search for "better companies" to supply power in Delhi.

This approach - of replacing one private supplier with another - doesn't try to resolve the core problems, according to Karat. To drive home her point, she pointed out the recent takeover of three privatised power plants by the Odisha government.

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