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Yechury calls for fresh polls in state

Bokaro, Jan. 4: CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechuri today advocated fresh elections in Jharkhand, branding successive state regimes including the current Arjun Munda government as corrupt, incompetent, anti-people and anti-tribal.

Yechuri, who was in Bokaro to attend meetings with partymen and the CPM’s trade union arm Citu, told The Telegraph he was not in favour of a new ruling coalition if the BJP-led government fell as a result of the growing tension between the allies.

The CPM leader hit out at the BJP-JMM-Ajsu combine, saying “the alliance of parties who are on opposite ends in terms of ideologies was wrong”.

“The coalition was formed to fulfil selfish motives of leaders and their parties. Their true colours are now being revealed with Jharkhand faring poorly in implementing development projects and welfare schemes,” he added.

Asked if a similar condition prevailed in the country, Yechuri agreed that neither the Congress-led UPA nor NDA with BJP at the helm would come to power in 2014.

He claimed a third front would rule the country. On who would lead the third front from a list of contenders that includes Samajwadi Party, Trinamul Congress, BJD, JD(U), AIADMK and BSP, Yechuri smiled and refused to drawn into a political “forecast”

He conceded that India had seen a growth in regionalism, casteism and communalism since the ’90s and hoped the electorate would give a clear mandate in 2014 to parties that are pro-people.