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Left climbs down further, inches closer to Congress

Left climbs down further, inches closer to Congress

Author: Pioneer News Service
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: May 15, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/176359/Left-climbs-down-further-inches-closer-to-Congress.html

CPM has exposed its true colours, says BJP

After having sensed that a Third Front Government was not feasible, the Left parties are now prepared to eat crow by tacitly backing the same party on the pretext of "keeping the BJP out of power at any cost". Reacting sharply to the about turn, the BJP said the Left had revealed its "true colours".

As reported first in The Pioneer in the edition dated May 13, the Left parties were working out a clever strategy to re-marry the Congress by helping it run a minority Government and abstain in case of voting.

CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat, who was the most vehement in opposing the Congress and ruling out supporting a Congress-led combine in Government formation, was quoted in a newspaper interview on Thursday that, "We will not give the BJP an opportunity to exploit the post-poll situation to install its Government."

Several senior leaders from CPI(M) and CPI have followed the suit, saying the BJP was their "enemy number one" and anything that was needed to be done to prevent it from taking over, should be done.

Echoing Karat, CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury also said that the Left parties would sabotage BJP's post-poll exercises to form the next Government. He was responding to the media on Thursday on Karat's statement on preventing the Government formation by the BJP.

Most leaders from the Left bloc are now tinkering with the idea of indirectly supporting the Congress in Government formation if the party becomes the single largest. The idea of the Left leaders is to abstain from the floor of the House during the crucial voting time like in 1991, when it supported the minority Government of the Congress led by PV Narasimha Rao by not voting in the trust vote.

The Left coordination committee, the forum of the general secretaries of the four Left parties, will take a final decision in this regard on May 17. The meeting of the "available and residuary" Third Front leaders will be convened on May 18, followed by the CPI(M) Politburo meeting on the same day. Karat had already announced that the BSP would attend the May 18 meeting.

According to convention, the CPI(M) has to get concurrence of its central committee meeting which is expected to meet on May 22. The CPI's national executive is scheduled on May 19 and the national council is scheduled on May 22 to discuss the post-poll scenario.

The BJP has lashed out the attempts of the Left to indirectly support the Congress, saying the "true colours" of the CPI(M), which is leading the Third Front, had been exposed.

The Communists, the BJP pointed out, shared power with the Congress for four and a half years, parted ways on the eve of election, contested the poll separately and were now talking of coming together.

"This shows the desperation in the Third Front, which is withering away even before the counting of the votes on May 16," party spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Prasad took a swipe at Prakash Karat saying the strongest pillar of the Third Front stood alone in the middle quietly admitting his defeat.

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