CPM In A Fix Over Supporting Any Alternative Of NDA Having Trinamool Congress In It


New Delhi: The Left parties y are in a fix about the possibility of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) becoming a part of alternative alliance to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre. Actually Left parties are willing to provide outside support to any alternative coalition to the NDA government at the Centre.

According to a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI (M)’s politburo, “We really do not know what to do if such a situation arises. Supporting Trinamool would be suicidal for us in Bengal. But keeping the BJP out of power is also important.”

The TMC, which won 34 Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 national polls, wrested power from the Left Front after 34 years in West Bengal. The Left had nine members in the last Lok Sabha. Its key poll slogan in West Bengal is: “Defeat BJP, defeat Trinamool”.

The Left supported the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance government before it withdrew support to it over the 2008 India-United States of America nuclear deal. The Congress later formed an alliance with the TMC and Banerjee served as the railway minister in the UPA government. The Left wants to support an alternative government also because a section of its leaders considers withdrawal of support from the UPA government a “blunder”.

CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said his party has always tried to provide outside support to secular governments at the Centre. “Be it in 1996 when [H D] Deve Gowda became the Prime Minister or the 2004 post-poll formation. In 2004, we emerged as the largest political group after the Congress and BJP but we chose to remain outside the government,” he said.

Yechury insisted a party can play an effective role from outside. “With 60 MPs [members of Parliament]… we pressured the [Congress-led] UPA [United Progressive Alliance government] to roll out unprecedented pro-people reforms like the Right to Information Act… the new land acquisition law and MGNREGA [Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act].”


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