Former chief minister and CPM politburo member Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Saturday said both the Congress and BJP “together won’t be able to get even 50 per cent of the total votes” in the country this time, reminding the Third Front of the opportunity to get the rest of the votes.
“(But) we would have to fight on local issues and ally with parties that follow common policies,” he said while addressing a gathering of cultural organisations and personalities.
Bhattacharjee criticised BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi for representing a “strange union of the regressive policies of the RSS and corporate houses”.
“While Modi’s model represents a development led by corporate where the rich will become richer and the poor will turn poorer, RSS believes in the most backward ideas and openly says it does not believe in the country’s Constitution and wants to make a new India of Hindutva,” he said.
For Bhattacharjee, change of government at the Centre (from UPA to NDA) will be like “jumping from the frying pan into the oven and we do not want that”.
The alternative, he said, are the “policies of Left” that it is trying to come up with at the national level. “We could not sustain it for long in the past but that does not mean we won’t be able to do so in the future.” Bhattacharjee also criticised TMC-led state government’s development model, which, he said, is all about “borrowing money and spending on festivals and painting buildings white and blue”.
“(Although) a chief minister, she (Mamata Banerjee) does not know what work she has to do or else she would have never said that 90 per cent of the job has been done,” he said.