Raja optimistic about finding alternative to Congress, BJP

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Left in touch with regional, centrist parties on Third Front

CPI national secretary D. Raja addressing a press conference in Bangaloreon Thursday.— Photo: K. GOPINATHAN
CPI national secretary D. Raja addressing a press conference in Bangaloreon Thursday.— Photo: K. GOPINATHAN

The Left parties are in touch with regional and centrist parties to evolve pre-poll seat adjustment plans for the coming elections to the Lok Sabha and project a non-United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and non-National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alternative, said Communist Party of India (CPI) national secretary and Rajya Sabha member D. Raja.

Refuting the claims of Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, and a few Congress leaders that the Third Front is a failed idea, Mr. Raja said here on Thursday: “We are in touch with regional and centrist parties, and seat adjustment for the Lok Sabha elections will be based on specific situations and strength of the regional and centrist parties.”

Both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were conspiring to push a country with diversity towards two-party rule, he said. Both were competing with each other in pushing neo-liberal policies, he said and added that people were searching for an alternative.

‘UPA has failed’

Referring to UPA II’s fourth anniversary, he said that the Congress-led coalition government at the Centre had failed on all fronts and mismanaged the economy, with growth in industrial, manufacturing and service sectors plunging.

“It is the corporate sector which has benefitted in the last four years, while the common people have been subjected to more economic hardships with subsides being slashed,” he said.

Even the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was under a cloud, Mr. Raja said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the PMO stand accused and it had shattered their credibility, he said.

“The credibility of the government stands thoroughly exposed,” he said.

Congress victory

Dubbing the victory of Congress in Karnataka as a vote against the BJP government, Mr. Raja said that people, frustrated with the five-year rule of BJP, had opted for the Congress, as they did not have an alternative. “The Congress need not be under the impression that it can repeat the Karnataka Assembly election results in the Lok Sabha elections and also in Assembly elections in other States,” he said.

Urging the Congress government in the State to give statutory status to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes sub plans, following the Andhra Pradesh government model, he said that it would be helpful in the uplift of the marginalised groups.

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