The four Left parties in Punjab are scheduled to meet on October 19 to push for a possible alliance for the forthcoming state assembly elections.
The Wednesday meeting will be another opportunity for the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) state leadership to press upon the Communist Party of India (CPI) to consider the Congress as an equal enemy to the ruling Akali-BJP combine.
Besides the CPM, the CPI (ML) Liberation and the Revolutionary Marxist Party of India floated by senior leader Mangat Ram Pasla have already affirmed to go against the Congress.
On October 7, the coordination committee of both the CPI and CPM had a brainstorming session on alliance with “secular parties”, wherein the CPI was conveyed for an alliance minus the Congress.
On whether the CPI will rule out a handshake with the Congress, party’s national secretary and Punjab in-charge Shamim Faizi said: “Nothing can be said at this juncture. Things will be clear after the October 19 meeting.”
A senior CPI leader from Punjab said time was running out as the other three left parties have made up their mind against the Congress. “There are 60 to 65 seats that the Left can contest as we are open to an alliance with other secular fronts,” said CPI Punjab secretary Hardev Arshi. On alliance with the Congress, he said: “It is too early to say something.”
He said the Left had a misadventure with the Congress in the West Bengal elections. “The Left should stand by the Goa resolution and consider the Congress as an enemy,” he said.
Earlier this month, the Revolutionary Marxist Party of India announced its candidate from Mukerian, young activist Dharmender Singh, while the party’s veteran Nathu Singh has started his campaign in Sujanpur assembly segment of Pathankot district.
The CPI (ML)-Liberation is keen to contest 12 to 15 seats, including Talwandi Sabo, Maur, Bathinda (rural), Mansa, Budhlada, Sardulgarh, Dirhba, Lehragaga, Sunam, Mehal Kalan, Bhadaur and Baba Bakala.
The CPM eyes its traditional segments of Raikot, Jagraon and Dakha in Ludhiana district; Garhshanker and Mukerian in Hoshiarpur; Balachaur in Nawanshahr and Anandpur Sahib in Rupnagar.