CPM found scope for viable alternative to Congress and BJP
Narendra Ch | 17 Dec 2013

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met in Agartala, Tripura from December 13 to 15, 2013, observed that the lesson from the Delhi election is that where there is a viable alternative to the Congress and the BJP, the people have extended support to it. This explains the success of the Aam Aadmi Party which was able to win 28 seats, it added. This is the first time that the Central Committee of the Party has been held in Tripura.

The party said that the elections to the four states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Delhi have resulted in a severe defeat for the Congress. It has been routed in Rajasthan and Delhi where it was running governments.

This popular verdict reflects the anger of the people against the Congress and at the dismal record of the Congress-led government at the Centre, with regard to price rise, high level corruption and other anti-people policies.

It pointed out that the BJP benefitted by winning in three states. In Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, despite the ten years of BJP rule, which was marked by misrule and corruption, the people did not find the Congress as an acceptable alternative.

These four states have had a bipolar situation with the Congress and the BJP being the main contestants. This is not the situation in most other states in India, where the fight is between the Congress and the regional parties or the Left and in some states, where there is a three-way contest.

Hence the success of the BJP cannot be seen as the national pattern. The beneficiary of the anti-Congress mood among the people in many states will be the non-Congress, non-BJP parties which include the Left parties.

 The Central Committee directed the state committees to step up the organisational preparations for the Lok Sabha elections.

The Central Committee decided that all the state committees should organise a campaign on the following issues: against price rise, corruption and unemployment; taking up the issue of the farmers and rural poor; food security and against the growing attacks and violence against women. The state committees should organise the campaign by including the relevant state issues. This campaign should be conducted in the months of January and February 2014 in a time frame decided by the state concerned.

At the same time the Party should take up the range of issues affecting the people and conduct local struggles. In the wake of the October 30 national convention against communalism, the Party should organise broad-based anti-communal conventions and rallies involving wider sections of the secular and democratic forces, it added.