Kozhikode: CPI leader A B Bardhan today said
there was room for a credible alternative of Left and secular
parties in the country to fill the "political vacuum" created
by people`s rejection of the two alliances led by Congress and
BJP in the recent Assembly elections.
In his speech greeting the delegates of the 20th CPI-M
party congress which began here, Bardhan claimed both UPA and
BJP-led NDA were losing credibility in the eyes of the people.
They were working for a two-party system in the country
which could only perpetuate "bourgeois neo-liberalism" and was
not acceptable to the people.
"Then there is a political vacuum which can only be filled
in the interest of the country by a combination of Left and
democratic forces," he said.
He said the "confusion" over a Third Front between the two
communist parties could be set aside as the new combination
was not being conceived as a meeting of a few leaders sharing
seats and fighting elections.
The Left should "redefine" its relations with democratic
parties and work for a programme-based alternative, he said.
"And unless the Left are together and make joint efforts, it
is difficult to rally all democratic forces."
Bardhan said though some regional parties fell prey to
occasional opportunism to share power with BJP and Congress,
they were prepared to join hands with the Left to uphold
federalism and fight the "dangerous" policies of the Centre.
He said in the last three decades, CPI and CPI-M had been
able to undertake joint action on people`s issues. The two
parties should work in closer affinity in the coming days.
Bardhan suggested that the joint action of Left parties
should somehow be institutionalised. "Some sort of a mechanism
should be evolved to see that the meetings between leaders of
the parties are more regularised," he said.