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Kerala backs Karat, Bengal not so sure

According to the Hindustan Times-Cfore poll, Kerala loves Leftists, worships their leader Karat and backs the red rage against the N-deal, reports Yashwant Raj.Details of the survey

india Updated: Aug 24, 2007 04:11 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times

In God’s own country, Prakash Karat is king and the Left parties can do no wrong and they know what they are talking about. Kerala loves the Leftists, worships their leader Karat and backs the red rage against the nuclear deal.

The Hindustan Times-Cfore opinion poll on what the country is saying on the India-US nuclear deal – findings of which were published in the edition dated August 22 – also shows a very interesting regional skew/bias. The poll had 586 respondents.

The capitals of the two, the only two, Left-ruled states showed a pronounced preference for the comrades, more than the rest of the country. Thiruvanthapuram came out more strident than the moderate Kolkata.

Check this: While four of the five cities polled found

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh more patriotic/nationalistic, by huge margins, guess where Thiruvanthapuram had put its money?
It put Karat ahead of Singh – 54 per cent to the Prime Minister’s 46 per cent. Chennai voted for Singh 93-7, Delhi 91-9 and Mumbai 87-13. Even Kolkata put Singh ahead, but gave Karat a respectable 32 per cent backing.

West Bengal has been under uninterrupted Left Front rule for 30 years now, although Kolkata has been a bit of a renegade city, never completely succumbing to the charms of the reds.

Kerala, on the other hand, has a love-hate relationship with the Leftists; cohabits with them for five years and then throws them out for the Congress or a Congress-centric Grand Alliance.

Thiruvanthapuram is exactly like the state. Its current member of Parliament is from the Communist Party of India, a CPM ally. The previous
MP was also from the CPI but the one before was from the Congress. But Thiruvanthapuram loves Karat, who is also from Kerala—from the Palghat region—but isn’t much of a local boy, studied outside mostly. And here is how the city showed its love for him and his Malgudi pals.

To whether the respondents thought the Left was right in its stand on the nuclear deal, Karat & Co got 58 per cent yes votes in Thiruvanthapuram; to 18 in Mumbai, 34 in Delhi, 20 in Chennai and 43 in Kolkata.

Another one. Do you think the deal is unfair to India? Thiruvanthapuram, of course, yelled out a loud yes, 40 per cent. And look what the others did: 13 p.c. yes in Delhi, 16 in Mumbai, 27 in Kolkata and 3 in Chennai.

Kolkata did its bit too. Will the deal bring India “too close” to US? 18 pc said yes in Delhi, 8 in Mumbai and 5 in Chennai. Thiruvanthapuram, of course, plumped with 40 per cent; Kolkata pitched 34, more than its Nays.

Blame it on their red genes. But the other interesting finding was that both Mumbai and Chennai came out aggressively pro-deal. And Delhi was, well, just Delhi, a big parking lot for all kinds of vehicles, big and small.

First Published: Aug 24, 2007 02:49 IST