Tripura Chief Minister and Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Manik Sarkar has asked Left parties to cash in on the emerging political situation where regional parties will leave the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) far behind on the national scene.
Inaugurating a public meeting to mark the conclusion of the three-day State conference of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) here on Thursday, Mr. Sarkar said that regional parties would join forces with the Left, but this would not happen automatically. ‘‘They will have to emerge with constant class struggle. Left forces like DYFI will have to develop this combination of forces in States like Kerala to keep the Congress and the BJP at bay,’’ he said.
Mr. Sarkar’s observation comes against the backdrop of opinion polls that predict a good performance by regional parties in the next Lok Sabha elections.
Coming down heavily on the United Progressive Alliance-11 (UPA-11) government at the Centre for its policies which, according to Mr. Sarkar, ruin the future of the youth, the Tripura leader asked the youth why they should support this government. He alleged that the Congress-led UPA government was being threatened by monopolies and illegal traders to pursue ‘capitalist policies.’
Food Security Bill
Mr. Sarkar said the UPA government would face the music in the 2014 elections. He alleged that the new Food Security Bill, once passed, would reduce the quota of foodgrains for the poor. ‘‘The Centre has miserably failed to put in place a yardstick to differentiate between the APL [above the poverty line] and the BPL [below the poverty line] categories,’’ he alleged.
Referring to the mounting corruption cases under the UPA-II regime, he said that in his school days, people used to go behind bars during agitations, fight elections from prisons, win, and become Ministers. ‘‘Now the situation has changed. People fight elections, win, become Ministers, and then go to prison [in corruption cases],’’ he said.
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, former Finance Minister and CPI(M) leader T.M. Thomas Isaac, and DYFI general secretary Abhay Mukherjee spoke. Earlier, a huge rally was taken out to the venue of the public meeting.