Any post-poll tie up to be decided after results: Biman Bose

Last Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 17:42

Kolkata: Claiming it would be "disastrous" for the country if BJP leader Narendra Modi becomes the prime minister, CPI-M politburo member Biman Bose on Thursday said the issue of any post-poll tie-up with any party would be discussed only after the declaration of results.
"Only in the post-poll situation, can such crucial issues be discussed and we cannot come to any conclusion before that. At this stage there is no use discussing it hypothetically," Bose, also the secretary of West Bengal CPI-M told.

On a persistent query that if his party would align with any other party, including the Congress, to keep BJP out of power, he reiterated that such crucial issues could be discussed and a conclusion reached only after seeing the post-poll situation.

Asked about Congress leader and Defence Minister A K Antony`s recent statement that the Left should support Congress in order to prove its secular credentials, Bose said, "I don`t agree with what he has said and I don`t like to comment on that".

On Modi he said, "I can say in a single word that if a situation takes place in which a Narendra Modi-like personality becomes the prime minister, then it will be diastrous for the country."

Terming "BJP as a threat to the country", Bose also slammed the Congress, saying, "Although Congress may not be a declared communal party, it too has made compromises with communalism and had failed to prevent communal tensions in the country."

He felt that on the issue of economic policy both the Congress and the BJP were on the same page and that the saffron party cannot revert the neo-liberal policies pursued by the Congress.

Rather, he alleged, BJP was much favoured by the corporate lobby and it was also moving with its communal approach.

"Due to anti-people policies of the Congress-led UPA regime, a situation has been created where the BJP is trying to draw dividend out of people`s anger. Congress has created two Indias, one for the rich and another for the poor. The BJP`s campaign that it will create one India is also false," he said.

Asked which of the two - BJP or Congress - his party considered a bigger threat, Bose said that if interest of the common people was taken into consideration, both parties were enemies to them.

"That`s why we have been saying that Congress is to be defeated and BJP is be to kept at bay," he said, pitching for a government of democratic, non-Congress, non-BJP, "secular parties" where the Left will also play a role.

In this context, Bose dismissed any prospect of a federal front, an idea floated by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, taking shape, saying success of any front rested on the principle of equal existence of member-parties.

"In order to have an alliance with other parties, you have to listen to others. In 2011, the TMC had made a rainbow alliance. Now performance of only one person is counted. If a leader doesn`t listen to its own party members, how can that leader listen to the opinion of other party leaders?" he asked.

On the prospect of the Left in the state, he said that the Left Front in Bengal would show better result than it did in the 2009 Lok Sabha and 2011 state assembly polls.

"We will have a better result than 2009 nad 2011. And we have launched an aggressive political campaign," Bose said adding last year`s panachayat and municipal elections can`t be a yardstick to judge the Left`s performance, where it faced a drubbing.

"You can`t judge the performance of the Left by pancahayat poll results as free and fair polls were not held," he alleged.

Bose also ticked off TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee for her utterances against Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram over the Enforcement Directorate probe into the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.

"I am surprised by the utterances of our chief minister. She is also my chief minister and the kind of utterances she is making is not right (against Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram). She should not behave like a second- grade opposition leader," the leader said.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 17:42

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