CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday described as an “ominous development” the significant rise in the BJP’s vote share in the byelection in Aruvikkara in Kerala. From 6 per cent in 2011 to 12 par cent in last year’s Lok Sabha polls, the BJP rose to nearly 24 per cent, dismantling the CPM’s challenge to the Congress.
Yechury termed the results “communalisation of the electorate” in a literate and progressive state. Yechury said the party’s state unit is examining the issue and any further course of action will be decided based on its report.
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“This is a very very ominous development in Kerala… It remains the country’s most literate state, its electorate being the most conscious among various states in the country. If in a state like that you have positive swing towards BJP, then it is a doubly serious matter. We have to see how BJP’s vote percentage increased from 6 to 23 per cent,” Yechury said during an interaction at the Indian Women’s Press Corps.
The CPM faced a rising BJP in Tripura too. About West Bengal, which votes next year, Yechury said, “There is no question of any alliance or front with the Congress in West Bengal.” The priority is strengthening Left unity, he said. The party’s strategy in West Bengal is to “arrest” its decline, “retrieve” its lost base and “build” support. The statements come in the backdrop of West Bengal CPM unit leaders, including central committee member Gautam Deb, favouring an alliance with Congress for the state elections.
Demanding the resignation of Union minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje for links to Lalit Modi, Yechury said the monsoon session of Parliament could witness an uproar.
He accused the NDA government of being “authoritarian” and resorting to communal politics. “A new trimurti is being sculpted by this government. One is of neo-liberal economic policies… Two, state patronage is being given to sharpening of communal polarisation…Third are the authoritarian tendencies of this government,” he said.