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No good wishes from the Left

The left parties were possibly the only ones who didn’t call Narendra Modi to congratulate him on his thumping victory. A report by Sutirtho Patranobis.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2007 23:39 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

The left parties were possibly the only ones who didn’t call Narendra Modi to congratulate him on his thumping victory.

Instead, they said that electoral efforts alone were not enough to dislodge leaders like Modi and his brand of politics; the fight needed the firm boost of ideology.

“The results show that where the impact of communal politics is deep, electoral efforts are insufficient to defeat the communal forces. What is required is a determined and uncompromising struggle against the communal ideology of Hindutva and the capacity to launch sustained struggles of all sections of the people who suffered from the rightwing economic policies of the Modi government,” was the CPM’s reaction to the election result.

CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury told the Hindustan Times that battles have to be fought against communalism and imperialism.

“The one against which you stop fighting becomes stronger. Both have to be fought against, both have to be countered.”

The party’s central committee on Saturday had reiterated that the need of the hour was the coming together of secular forces to counter the rise of communal politics in the country.

Politically, Left leaders agreed that victory in Gujarat would give a momentum to the BJP’s electoral efforts next year when the saffron-ruled states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan go to polls.

The Congress came under criticism from the Left after the victory. “The Congress should realise that secularism alone is not enough and it should do some serious introspection over its policies, particularly on the economic front. It should also rethink the Indo-US nuclear deal and carry out mid-course correction of its policies,” CPI national secretary and Rajya Sabha member, D. Raja told PTI from Tirupati.

Raja said that secular forces should also draw proper lessons from the Gujarat verdict as the results show that they would have to unitedly intensify the struggle against “communal fascism”.