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Updated: January 10, 2014 12:29 IST

No prospects for AAP in Kerala: Yechury

Krishnadas Rajagopal
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Sitaram Yechury says the AAP has not revealed its stance on an alternative economic policy.
The Hindu Sitaram Yechury says the AAP has not revealed its stance on an alternative economic policy.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury has brushed aside the prospects of the Aaam Admi Party (AAP) making inroads into Kerala politics.

He was speaking to The Hindu on Thursday on the sidelines of a seminar on ‘Education and commercialisation’ here.

Indicating that it will be difficult for the AAP to form a third front and retain the Kerala voter’s confidence, he said “the informed electorate of Kerala has perfected the art of keeping successive governments on its toes. The fact that this is a State with the highest human development index shows for it”. Mr. Yechury said the AAP had not revealed its stance on an alternative economic policy and combating communalism could not entice the “informed electorate” of the State.

Bhushan-VS meet

Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Prashant Bhushan had visited Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan in the State capital in December immediately after the party’s success in Delhi polls, raising speculation about the AAP’s political ambitions in the State. Mr. Bhushan had come out of the meeting saying he had come to seek Mr. Achuthanandan’s “guidance, help and support to bring about a political transformation” in the country.

Analysing the AAP’s advent, Mr. Yechury said that though it had come at a time when the people were looking for relief, he had doubts whether it would be able to deliver a substitute economic policy which veered away from that of the BJP and the Congress. “A deep burden… a very heavy burden has been thrust on them by the economic policies of the last decade or so. The last two years have been unbearable. They want relief… an alternative that is neither the BJP’s nor the Congress’s in terms of economic policy,” he said.

Asked whether the CPI(M) was reaching out to the AAP in the context of an article by general secretary Prakash Karat in the party organ People’s Democracy, Mr. Yechury explained his party had been working for long on “an alternative that will implement alternative policies, not an alternative to form the government, to provide relief to the people.” But he expressed doubts about the AAP being that “alternative” the people were seeking for.

“The AAP has ridden on the planks of corruption and good governance. They have not addressed two crucial issues – combating communalism and providing an alternative set of economic policies. Until they clarify as to where they stand on these two issues, they will not win the complete confidence of the people,” he said.

Communists have long forgotten the poor who are oppressed by policies of
successive pro-rich governments in the various States and at the Centre.
They only shed crocodile tears for the Muslims who they say,without any
cogent reasoning,will be oppressed by the likes of Narendra Modi.
Mr.Yechury, if communist parties in the country have no other plank on
which to fight the BJP, they have become irrelevant in the country's
politics. How many times the Indian electorate has to tell them this?

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Jan 11, 2014 at 19:36 IST

The anti incumbency factor in Kerala is too high. Its very difficult for
any government to get a second consecutive term. The anti-incumbency
factor was very much present against the existing political system of
Kerala. And BJP was not considered any better than existing parties. So
if a swing happens because of this, AAP will get 8-10 loksabha seats.

from:  Basil Paulose
Posted on: Jan 11, 2014 at 13:59 IST

AAP is all set to upset the apple-cart... better be prepared.

from:  RA Jumes
Posted on: Jan 10, 2014 at 18:18 IST

WRONG THE PEOPLE IS REALLY FED UP WITH BOTH THE FRONTS

from:  JRF
Posted on: Jan 10, 2014 at 14:35 IST

Shiela Dixit asked whether AAP was a party? She got her answer. Yechuri
is forgetting that it is the people who decides as to who should rule
them. Yes, it is no more the party of EMS!

from:  Pradeep
Posted on: Jan 10, 2014 at 14:07 IST

Whether AAP makes inroad or not, but seasoned political parties and politicians have already lost their sleep. What more is needed?

from:  T N Sandeep
Posted on: Jan 10, 2014 at 14:00 IST

Famous last words Mr. Yechury. AAP will finally break the political
nexus in Kerala between the opposition and the rulers (As in the TP
case, where the govt is not really serious about prosecuting the
killers.)

To reflect the truth, your quote should have been - “the informed
politicians of Kerala have perfected the art of keeping successive
electorates in the dark."

AAP will succeed sooner or later. And CPM will ask themselves the same
question Keralites have been wondering for a long time - 'Why was VS
sidelined?' Also, 'Why are the corrupt ruling over the party founded
by EMS?'

from:  Subin
Posted on: Jan 10, 2014 at 13:10 IST

AAP may not be able to form a government but both LDF and UDF should
understand is that people are fed up with corruption, Harthals, Bandhs
etc and they would like to try something different. This will split the
votes of both groups.

from:  s.jacob
Posted on: Jan 10, 2014 at 08:59 IST
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