Patna, Sept. 15: Left stalwarts met here today to think over an alternative to the “discredited” Congress and the “communal” BJP in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
CPM general secretary Prakash Karat, CPI MP, Gurudas Dasgupta, Forward Bloc leader Hafeez Alam Shayarani were among those who addressed the Left conclave.
“The economic policies of both the BJP and Congress are anti-people and pro-capitalist. They are devoid of ideas to provide solution to problems ailing the peasantry and working hands,” Karat said.
Dasgupta said the Congress had lost credibility with the people because of taints of numerous scandals, price rise and devaluation of the rupee. “What is more dangerous is that the BJP, which has projected Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate to brazenly pursue its communal agenda, is projecting itself as an alternative to the Congress,” he said. The leaders emphasised on the unity of all the Left parties across the country to first formulate the economic policies aimed at providing solutions to poverty, deprivation and exploitation of the vast majority of the peasantry and working hands at the hands of the fast emerging neo capitalist forces, enjoying patronage from both the BJP and Congress.
The Left leaders, however, kept their options open about aligning with regional parties.
Asked if the Left would prefer Lalu Prasad’s RJD or Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) as possible allies against the Congress and BJP, Dasgupta said: “We had supported the Nitsh government in the House because he had disassociated himself from the BJP. It does not mean that we have accepted the JD(U) as our ally.” The Left leaders said they would first build up public opinion around their alternative economic policies and then think about taking those regional parties on board that fit with the Left’s alternative economic policies.
They described the growing clout of the capitalist forces in politics as the “prime reason” for the large-scale scams and corruption.