Punjab polls: Yechury slams SAD-BJP, quiet on Congress

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 05, 2016 15:15 IST
“Our aim is to defeat communal forces like the SAD-BJP alliance,” Yechury told mediapersons. (HT Photo)

In view of the next assembly elections in the state, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday slammed the SAD-BJP coalition, but chose to remain quiet about the Congress.

“Our aim is to defeat communal forces like the SAD-BJP alliance,” he told mediapersons here, remaining quiet over the possibility of an electoral alliance with the Congress in Punjab. On Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh’s keenness for a tie-up with the Left, he said there is no such development “at this juncture”. “We will first discuss electoral tactics in our party committee,” he added.

Yechury was talking to the media after unveiling the statue of late Harkishen Singh Surjeet at Bhakna Bhawan here.

The CPM is part of the larger Left Democratic Front having a seat-sharing arrangement for the ensuing assembly polls in West Bengal.

Yechury said the SAD-BJP alliance had ruined Punjab in its nine years of rule. He said the Left’s priority is “to restore normal governance in Punjab and the policies that will bring prosperity back in the state”.

Yechury slammed the Centre for imposing President’s rule in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, saying the BJP-led NDA government had subverted the Constitution. He said the BJP adopted this strategy in these two states after they failed to get the people’s mandate there.

He said the BJP’s defeat in Kerala, West Bengal and other states going to the polls is a writing on the wall.

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