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Alternate secular Govt possible: CPI

Left parties will have a crucial role in the formation of a possible secular govt at the Centre, party leader D Raja said.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Chennai
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2004 04:40 PM IST

Left parties in general and CPI in particular are going to emerge as a strong force after the Lok Sabha polls, and would have a crucial role to play in the formation of a possible secular alternative government at the Centre, CPI National Secretary D Raja said on Wednesday.

"There is a possibility, which is very real, for a alternative secular Government. Left and CPI will emerge as a stronger group and so in an alternative Government, Left and CPI will have an important and crucial role to play in formulating policies," he said at a meet-the-press programme here.

Raja said the findings of the exit poll of the first phase of polls, if at all taken as an indication, the BJP's hype of getting 300 plus seats had no basis. "They have lost hope of 300 plus. There is no basis for this hope", he said.

"There midsummer elections will turn out to be midsummer nightmare as BJP and its allies are going to lose", he said.

On the Prime Minister A B Vajpayee's recent remarks on difficulties in running a 22-member coalition, and his remarks on identifying a successor, Raja said Vajpayee should realise that the days of single party rule had passed, but people were averse to NDA type of coalition.

"Therefore, Vajpayee is accusing his allies, but not his own party", he said.

Raja, further said if Vajpayee has identified his successor, people had the right to know who the successor was.

"Is it Advani?", he asked.

"BJP is making mockery of democracy. We have the right to ask Vajpayee why he is tired of running a coalition," he said.

On the death of 22 women and children in a stampede at Lucknow recently while saris were being distributed, Raja said the incident occurred in the Prime Minister's constituency but no condemnatory statements had come.

"This shows they have no regret over the incident. There seems to be no human feelings even," he said.

Asked why the opposition was not naming a Prime Ministerial candidate, he said naming a leader was the prerogative of the party or coalition that came to power.

"There is no dearth of leaders. It is only the problem of the BJP, which has dearth of leader. Let them say whether it means Advani is the successor to Vajpayee", he asked.

He dismissed the foreign origin issue of AICC Chief Sonia Gandhi as "bankruptcy of BJP", which was raising the issue.

On BJP-AIADMK alliance in Tamil Nadu, he alleged that AIADMK was following extreme Hindutva policy. Only in AIADMK rule, some heads of religious mutts were able to openly talk about policies.

It was Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who has been described as a "modern day Nero" who appreciated the anti-conversion law introduced by Jayalalithaa Government, he said.

"There is a wave of anger against AIADMK Government. I see anger against AIADMK-BJP in Tamil Nadu. Democracy has become a question mark. AIADMK-BJP will be facing a loss", he said.

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