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Alliance of Left, regional parties can offer alternative to Cong, BJP : Bardhan


Reported by Chinmaya Dehury

Bhubaneswar, Dec 22:

Maintaining that both the leading national parties,Congress and BJP, will not be able to form government single handedly at the Centre post 2014 Lok Sabha polls, former general secretary of the CPI A B Bardhan today said efforts were on to forge an alliance of Left and democratic forces and provide a viable alternative to the country.

AB Bardhan
AB Bardhan

“The recent Assembly elections showed people’s anger against the Congress, which was routed in four states. It will be unable to retain power at the Centre due to people’s anger. The BJP will also fail to form government as it would not able to garner the required number of seats in the 2014 polls. There is a great need for an alternative political force,” Bardhan told reporters here.

He said efforts for the formation of a pre-poll alliance between the Left and regional parties like BJD, JD-U and AIADMK should be stepped up to provide an acceptable political alternative.

Noting that many regional parties are not sharing power at the Centre, Bardhan said since most of these are anti-Congress and anti-BJP, the Left parties should aim at working out  state-specific understanding or alliances with them.

As a part of his drive to forge such state-specific alliances, Bardhan today met BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik this morning and held preliminary discussions on the party’s outlook on the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.

However, the proposal for a Left- regional party alliance or third front does not appear to catch on, as the chiefs of some leading regional parties are PM aspirants and may not agree to join the alliance unless they are projected as the leader.

On Thursday, the general council of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) said  that it would like to see its party chief and Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa become the Prime Minister.

However, analysts say the AIADMK’s move, in a way, could  accelerate the creation of a third front, a possible alternative to the Congress- and BJP-led groupings-the United Progressive Alliance and the National Democratic Alliance, respectively- ahead of next year’s general election.

“The recent assembly election in Delhi, where Aam Aadmi Party won 28 of the 70 seats, showed that people are searching for an alternative and steps must be taken to present a viable option before them,” said Bardhan.