Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] Polit Bureau member S. Ramachandran Pillai has said that the possibility of Left parties supporting the Congress to come to power at the Centre after the election does not arise as the Congress is going to face its biggest-ever electoral reversal.
Referring to senior Congress leader and Defence Minister A.K. Antony’s call to the Left parties to support the Congress after the election, Mr. Pillai said at a meet-the-press programme here on Tuesday that the Congress would be decimated in the Lok Sabha election.
“The idea of supporting the Congress arises only if there is a Congress party to be supported after the election,” he said .
The Congress tally in Parliament would not cross two digits, he said.
Observing that the Congress could not prevent the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from coming to power, the CPI(M) leader said the Congress was responsible for the Narendra Modi’s rise to power in Gujarat.
The Left and secular forces alone could stop the BJP from coming to power in the country, Mr. Pillai said.
To a question, he said the regional parties in the country took a bold stand by not aligning with the Congress and the BJP.
What stand the Left parties would take vis-à-vis post-election scenario would depend on the practical evaluation of the political reality existing at that time.
The setback faced by the Left parties in 2009 was temporary, he said adding that they would reverse the situation in this election.
The CPI(M) leader said the real aim of Rural Development Minister K.C. Joseph’s criticism of the High Court judge’s reference against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was to put pressure on the High Court bench which was hearing the appeal in the case.
The government was trying to intervene in the affairs of the judiciary, he said.