Third alternative possible: CPI

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Indian politics is not bi-polar: D. Raja

National council meet to discuss further alliances

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: “The political developments in recent months show that a third alternative to both the Congress and the BJP is a distinct possibility and the effort of the CPI and other Left parties is to make it a reality,” CPI national secretary D. Raja said here on Saturday.

“Indian politics is not bi-polar. There is the possibility for a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative. Our party’s deliberations are directed towards this goal,” Mr. Raja said while briefing reporters about the first day’s deliberations of the three-day CPI national council meeting here.

The CPI leader later told The Hindu that his party was working towards an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh and the AIADMK led by J. Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu. The national council meeting would deliberate on these and similar alliances and take a final decision.

Mr. Raja said the CPI was of the firm view that the investigation into the Malegaon blasts should not suffer on account of the death of Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare. The investigations so far had brought to light the link between the blasts and the Sangh Parivar and further investigations were needed to take the case to its logical conclusion, he said.

The national council meeting, he said, was of the view that the reduction in the prices of petrol and diesel amounted to nothing but ‘tokenism.’

“It is too little and too late, especially when the price of crude oil has sharply declined in the international market and has been [remaining] so for many weeks,” he said quoting a resolution adopted by the meeting. The government should reduce the oil prices by a reasonably larger amount. It should also reduce the price of cooking gas and consider restructuring the duties on oil produces.

The CPI would adopt a firm stand against ‘war-mongering’ following the Mumbai terror attacks. The party felt that the country should observe restraint and should not go in for the military option. If the government had firm evidence of the involvement of elements in Pakistan, it must take it up at the appropriate level, he said.