‘Credible alternative to BJP need of the hour’
While rejecting the Third Front for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, CPI national secretary K. Narayana said on Thursday that though contesting elections for the Assembly separately was inevitable, their focus was to bring all the non-BJP parties committed to secularism and democracy on a common platform to provide an alternative to the BJP-led NDA coalition.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the CPI national council meeting, Mr. Narayana said it was not possible for the Left parties to align with the Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh, the Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala and the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.
“Despite the differences, all the Opposition parties should forge a broad-based alliance for the Lok Sabha polls to defeat the ‘Hindutva agenda and communal BJP.’
Justifying the formation of Mahakutami (Grand Alliance) in Telangana, he admitted that the CPI as well as other members of the alliance had failed to convert anti-incumbency sentiment into votes.
“Confusion due to last-minute allotment of tickets and not selecting candidates based on strengths of constituents and winning prospects were also responsible for the severe drubbing of Mahakutami.
Lashing out at the NDA Coalition, the CPI leader said the council adopted a resolution to back the general strike called by Central trade unions against the ‘anti-labour and anti-common man’ policies of the Centre on January 8 and 9.
Under ‘Make in India,’ he pointed out that the Centre had taken a decision to hand over defence research, development and production to the profit-making private corporates.
He also condemned the decision to take away the guaranteed pension available to government employees, leaving them at the mercy of the stock market.
Accusing the government of indulging in favouritism and ignoring national interest, he alleged that takeover of industries defaulting in payment of huge amounts of loan was being encouraged by corporates close to the ruling party under the alibi of insolvency.
He said there was a conspiracy to write off a major part of non-performing assets estimated at ₹13 lakh crore pointing out how Bhushan Steel which had defaulted in payment of ₹91,000 crore was being allowed to be taken over by the Tatas for a consideration of ₹35,000 crore.
CPI State assistant secretary J.V. Satyanarayana Murthy and district secretary B. Venkataramana were present.
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