Left to emerge as a strong force after polls: CPI

Published on Apr 21, 2004 03:02 PM IST

CPI National Secretary D Raja has said that left parties will emerge as a strong force after the Lok Sabha elections.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Chennai

Left parties in general and CPI in particular is 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," Raja said at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Madras Reporters guild in Chennai.

"Left and CPI will have an important and crucial role to play in formulating policies", he added.

He 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 AB 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.

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