Dhanbad, Jan. 5: CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury today claimed that former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad was trying to play kingmaker in Jharkhand to forge a new Congress-JMM-RJD alliance government in the state, with help from Independent MLAs.
Yechuri, who was in coal capital Dhanbad for the day, however, told reporters that if such a combine was allowed to form the government, it would pull the state further into the dumps and ensure that all development activities came to a halt. The only way out of the current political crisis, he claimed, was fresh elections.
Hitting out at the present BJP-JMM-Ajsu combine in power, Yechuri said the state had been in the wrong hands and been ruled by the wrong people ever since its formation in 2000. All the political parties had vested interests, he claimed, and none of them had done anything for the proper development of the people.
Reiterating his earlier statement, Yechuri predicted that none of the two big shots — Congress or BJP — would be voted to power in the 2014 polls.
“The people of this country are fed up of both the BJP and the Congress. I think a third front will be voted to power by them during the next elections,” he said.
Yechury also rubbished claims that such a front had been a non-starter so far, with just a year remaining for the elections.
“All the Left leaders are in touch with each other and other Third Front members. We are in talks with the Biju Janata Dal, Telugu Desam Party and AIADMK in this regard,” he claimed.