It is not enough to have an alternative government at the Centre in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. What the country needs is an alternative policy, which cannot be provided without the aid of the Left parties, said Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury here on Monday.
Mr. Yechury said when the Bharatiya Janata Party was in power the Congress protested on issues such as foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail trade and that in recent months the roles were reversed. “We remained firm on our stand even as they switched sides based on opportunistic politics.”
“The country needs an alternative policy. Where will this alternative come from? In 2014, the country needs not just an alternative government, but an alternative policy. Such an alternative policy can never come without the Red Flag,” Mr. Yechury said at an open session of a conference that marked the golden jubilee of the Federation of Medical & Sales Representatives’ Association of India (FMRAI).
Citing a Telugu proverb, Mr. Yechury said the recent developments within the BJP over deciding on a Prime Ministerial candidate were akin to the fate of a man who does not have a home or a wife, but has decided that his child will be called “Subralingam”.
“Today the BJP does not have a government, nor does it have the prospects of coming to power, but it is busy picking out the next Prime Minister!” he said.
Commenting on the Congress-led government at the Centre, Mr. Yechury said it is often said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s personal integrity is beyond reproach. But it is not enough to be one Ali Baba when there were 40 thieves for company, he said.
The CPI(M) leader said an alternative political coalition should come to power in 2014 for a true alternative to the polices of both these parties. All the pro-people movements that had been taken up by the Left were towards this aim, he said.