Left says Congress' loss is BJP's gain
Recent electoral victories coupled with the latent anger of the upper castes against OBC reservation are leading to a clear revival of the BJP, the CPI (M) says, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.india Updated: Apr 13, 2007 20:50 IST
Recent electoral victories coupled with the latent anger of the upper castes against OBC reservation are leading to a clear revival of the BJP, the CPI (M) has said.
The blame for BJP's revival, the Left party, said is clearly on the Congress. Following electoral reverses and because of its anti-people economic policies, the Congress is no position to repulse the renewed political challenges being posed by the BJP.
The performance of Congress government in states and the steep rise in prices of essential commodities across the country are further eroding the support base that the Congress had built before the 2004 Lok Sabha election, the CPI (M) said.
The current political situation in the country was discussed thoroughly from the party's point of view at the recently held Central Committee (CC) meeting. "The BJP's morale has been boosted after the victories in Punjab and Uttarakhand…the BJP is on the one hand trying to rally its traditional Hindutva constituency and on the other seeking to cash in on the discontent generated by price rise and other policies of the UPA Government," the CC noted.
The top decision making body of the party also noted with concern that, "In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP senses a revival of support with upper castes moving back towards it. The Central legislation for OBC reservation in higher educational institutions has angered these sections," it said.
The party is also certain that since no political party is likely to get majority in the UP election, "…there is the danger of BSP and BJP combining after the elections."
The CPI (M) hinted that the forebodings for the coming assembly elections in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are not good. "In all these states, the BJP is strong and in four of them they have state governments. The Congress does not appear to be in a position to fend off the strong challenge of the BJP," the CC noted.
In the context of a 'third front', the CPI (M) said that the SP, TDP, AGP, AIADMK and the INLD were keen to form one as a political alternative. "Their idea is to float a third front. We cannot join these efforts with parties like the AIADMK. Our approach should be to go for joint stand and joint action with parties like SP, TDP and AGP on issues," the CC said.
First Published: Apr 13, 2007 20:32 IST