New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) seems to be feeling bitter about its allies like the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) switching sides to the UPA after the Third Front’s electoral debacle, with a senior party leader saying the post-poll developments have proved that the “cut and paste” alliance was a mistake.
“You are right about the BSP, the JD(S) and the TRS and that is precisely the point that I am making, our decision is that it was neither credible nor viable and this [deserting the pre-poll alliance] only confirmed that,” CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury has said.
Mr. Yechury was responding to questions on Karan Thapar’s Devil’s Advocate programme whether it was a mistake to ally with parties which were earlier with the BJP. The BSP and the JD(S) are now supporting the Congress-led government while the TRS has crossed over to the NDA. “That is why in retrospect, we are saying that people did not find it [Third Front] credible,” he said to a question on whether they chose wrong allies like the BSP. To a spate of questions on reported demands for general secretary Prakash Karat’s resignation, he said the Central Committee would be meeting in June to analyse the causes for the debacle.
Asked if veteran leader Jyoti Basu had advised against breaking ties with the UPA, Mr. Yechury said he might have had his opinions which were raised in party committees, “but there is no advice that has come to us.” — PTI