Left parties eye UP, may give SP the go-by
AFTER TASTING success in West Bengal and Kerala Vidhan Sabha elections, the Left parties have decided to focus on Uttar Pradesh. In the coming elections, the CPI might not entertain a tie-up with the Samajwadi Party.Updated: Jun 04, 2006 11:04 IST
AFTER TASTING success in West Bengal and Kerala Vidhan Sabha elections, the Left parties have decided to focus on Uttar Pradesh. In the coming elections, the CPI might not entertain a tie-up with the Samajwadi Party.
On Saturday, two stalwarts of the Left Front, CPI general secretary of AB Bardhan and CPM general secretary Prakash Karat discussed the election strategy with the state leaders. Both the parties decided to launch a movement on public issues and to highlight the failures of the State government.
In the meeting, the CPI (M) leaders decided to organise demonstrations in front of the Vidhan Bhawan on the implementation of rural employment guarantee programme. The party workers will also organise a movement in the districts on the problems faced by the dalit community.
Member of the state executive committee of CPI (M) KN Bhatt said the Central Government had already passed the bill on employment guarantee programme.
This programme was to be launched in 22 districts of Uttar Pradesh. But the district administration had adopted a lackadaisical attitude in implementing this programme.
The CPI (M) leaders expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state and outbreak of communal violence in Aligarh.
Meanwhile, addressing the party leaders Bardhan said the recent Vidhan Sabha election in five States had sent a clear message that people had an inclination towards left parties. The Congress lost its government in Kerala and had to form a coalition government in Assam and Pondicherry, he said.Except for two seats in Assam, the BJP failed to open its account in other states. The BJP bagged the two seats since some Muslim organisations formed a separate party, leading to the BJP's gain. In UP too, some Muslim organisations were trying to form a separate political party and again the BJP would benefit, he said.
Directing the party workers to start preparations for assembly elections, Bardhan said the CPI had urged the Central government to take measures to check rise in prices. ““If the Central government decides to hike the price of petroleum products, the CPI will launch a movement,” Bardhan said.
First Published: Jun 04, 2006 11:04 IST