The UPA government is unpopular but has the numbers to stay the course and the opposition parties don’t seem to be eyeing a mid-term election, said Prakash Karat, who was elected as the general secretary of the CPM for a third term in Kozhikode on Monday.
"The UPA government is very unpopular. But they have the numbers to prove a majority. Nobody seems to be looking at a mid-term election," Karat said in an interview to HT.
As the CPM concluded the 20th party Congress here it is clear that one of its senior-most leaders VS Achuthanandan, 88, is riding into the sunset. While VS has been dropped from the politburo, former West Bengal CM Buddadeb Bhattacharjee has been retained.
"It is for the first time that the politburo doesn’t have any member who is above 80. Mohammed Amin (who is 84) is also stepping down," Karat said.
Asked whether his age was the only factor for dropping VS, Karat said, "The politburo has new leaders as well as old ones. However, no decision is individual-specific in our party." Leader of the opposition in West Bengal Surya Kanta Misra, CITU president AK Padmanabhan and MA Baby from Kerala are the new faces in the politburo.
Asked about the immediate task at hand, Karat said the party’s focus will be on grassroots-level activities. He also stressed that the party will not shy away from striking electoral alliances with regional parties.
Karat said the CPM has always believed in socialist models that suit the conditions within a country. "We analyse the experience of various countries such as Russia, China and others. We have also tried to learn from their experiences."