BJD-BJP alliance collapse a good development: CPM

Welcoming the parting of ways between BJD and BJP in Orissa,the CPI(M) said it was confident that more non-Congress,non-BJP parties would join the Left to forge a third alternative for the upcoming polls.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 8, 2009 5:23 pm

Welcoming the parting of ways between BJD and BJP in Orissa,the CPI(M) said it was confident that more non-Congress,non-BJP parties would join the Left to forge a third alternative for the upcoming polls.

“Two days ago,(BJP leader) L K Advani had pooh-poohed the idea of a third front and said India had a stable bi-polar polity. India cannot have a two-party system however much the BJP and Congress wish,” CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told reporters.

Asserting that the country required alternative policies and not those pursued by the BJP and Congress,he said the Left parties were confident that “more and more non-Congress,non-BJP forces will come with us.”

Releasing the first list of 59 party candidates after a two-day Central Committee meeting of the party,Karat termed the BJD-BJP breakup in Orissa as a “good development”.

After the Kandhamal attacks on Christian minorities,the CPI(M) leaders had met the leaders of BJD and warned that it would be ‘untenable’ for them to continue alliance with the saffron party,knowing BJD’s secular background. “I am very happy to say that they have finally broken away.”

Hoping that the Orissa Governor would take the “right step”,he said despite BJP’s demand for dismissal of the Naveen Patnaik government,”the only course for the Governor is to call a session of the legislative assembly and test majority on the floor.”

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