[alert type=”e.g. warning, danger, success, info” title=””]“Outside parliament, our party has said that the projection of a front at the national level, with many of these regional parties, is not tenable at the moment because such a front has to have a policy alternative, which as a whole, we think, in the present situation cannot emerge,”– Sitaram Yechury/CPM new general secretary[/alert]
New Delhi : The fragmented approach of the non-BJP parties continues to be a major feature of the political landscape. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) that now has a new secretary general in Sitaram Yechury has made it clear that its cooperation with the Congress will be limited to the parliament on issues of common concerns like the land bill, and secularism.
Apart from policies issues, this stance reflects the regional compulsions of the party in different states.Yechury had hinted soon after assuming the top post in the party that he would be working for the reunification of the two communist parties-the CPM and the CPI without setting any deadlines. But for him the process of consolidation is limited to the left parties only. “Inside parliament, we have said we will unite on all these issues (like land bill), issue to issue which we think are not in the interests of the country and the people. Outside parliament, our party has said that the projection of a front at the national level, with many of these regional parties, is not tenable at the moment because such a front has to have a policy alternative, which as a whole, we think, in the present situation cannot emerge,” Yechury has said while spelling out the party’s stand on this crucial issue.
Elaborating the reasons for the refusal to have a broader understand with the Congress, he said that it was because of the economic policies followed by it that there was a popular discontent and the BJP came to power riding this.
“So, that sort of a policy framework of going with the Congress is ruled out. Yes, there are threats to the secular democratic foundations of our country and very grave threats are now coming,” he added.
He observed that the party would first strengthen itself.”When elections come in various states, we will talk in terms of seat-sharing. But there will be no fronts or alliances because they are not credible,” the CPM leader added.He has also been rather cautious about the future of the unified Janata parivar that has seen the coming together of six parties under the leadership of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and looks forward to the coming assembly elections in Bihar as a litmus test for anti-BJP forces.