People looking for an alternative to Congress and BJP: CPI (M)

The Third Front would taste victory in the forthcoming Lok Sabha election, just like the Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi Assembly election, as people were looking for an alternative to the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, said the State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), G. Ramakrishnan, on Saturday.

He was addressing the media on the sidelines of a public meeting organised by the CPI (M)’s district committee here as part of its ‘demands’ campaign.

“There is no Modi wave in India. It is only an illusion created by a section of the media and some of the corporate houses. Despite Modi’s campaign in Delhi, the BJP was not able to form a government there. The AAP emerged as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress in New Delhi. Similarly, the Third Front will emerge victorious in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls,” he said. In reply to a question on the progress of the CPI (M)’s seat-sharing talks with the AIADMK, he said the first round of meeting was over and that talks would continue.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Ramakrishnan questioned why the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate never condemned several of the UPA government’s wrong economic policies.

He also criticised Mr. Modi’s blistering remarks on the Third Front in Kolkatta.

Mr. Modi’s remark that the Third Front would make India a ‘third-rate’ country was in bad taste.

He also stated that there was no difference in the economic policies formulated and implemented over the years by the BJP and Congress-led governments.

“Because of their faulty economic policies, agriculture is withering,” Mr. Ramakrishnan added.

The two-day ‘demands’ campaign that concluded here on Saturday pressed for additional facilities in the city in the areas of health, education, road traffic and employment generation.

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