“It will have a bearing on formation of alternative government”
TIRUCHI: The verdict of the people of Tamil Nadu in the Lok Sabha elections will have an important bearing on the formation of a non-Congress, non-BJP secular alternative government at the Centre, said Sitaram Yechury, Rajya Sabha MP and Polit Bureau Member, Communist Party of India (Marxist).
“It will be crucial and that is why we are appealing to the people of Tamil Nadu to give a sweeping verdict in favour of the AIADMK-led alliance,” he said addressing a press conference here on Sunday.
Only a non-Congress, non-BJP coalition at the Centre could provide an alternative policy direction that the people of the country were looking for.
“We will discuss the post-poll situation and possibilities based on the actual position after May 16. But our objective as decided by the party Central Committee is to form a non-Congress, non-BJP government,” he said answering a query on the possibility of the Left parties supporting a Congress government. He expressed confidence that the alternative government could be formed without the support of BJP and Congress.
Mr.Yechury maintained that the Left parties were responsible for all the pro-poor measures initiated by the United Progressive Alliance government, including the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the loan waiver scheme for farmers. “The Congress is claiming credit for the schemes now. But why did the party fail to implement such pro-poor programmes when they were ruling the country by themselves in the past,” he asked.
The Left was also responsible for stopping the UPA government moves on financial liberalisation that could have had disastrous consequences on the country in the wake of the global economic slowdown.
“We stopped moves to bring in capital account convertibility, privatisation of pension funds, increase in foreign direct investment in insurance sector and the takeover of domestic private banks by foreign banks,” he said.
On the Sri Lankan issue, he said that the CPI (M) favoured complete autonomy for the Tamils. Ensuring the safety and dignity of the Tamils was non-negotiable. But this can be achieved only if there was a policy change.
Later, addressing a rally in support of the AIADMK candidate for the Tiruchi Lok Sabha constituency P.Kumar, Mr.Yechury said the alternative government would increase public investment in a big way to increase jobs and build infrastructure. “This is the only way that the country can break out of the economic crisis,” he observed.
The Congress and the BJP governments had created two Indias – one that was shining for a few rich and the other where the majority were suffering. Both parties were ignoring the plight of the people of real India.
“It is surprising that the DMK and Congress do not talk about policy alternatives but are trying to win votes with money and muscle power. This is an irresponsible approach,” he said.