The BJP has perfected the art of forming governments even after losing elections, said CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury in Rajkot on Sunday. Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the party’s two-day Gujarat executive committee meeting, which concluded on Sunday, Yechury called for unity among Opposition parties to defeat the NDA in the Lok Sabha elections next year.
“The BJP winning election after election is not a fact. What happened in Gorakhpur and Phulpur? What happened in Araria? What happened in the by-election in Rajasthan? What BJP has perfected is the art to lose the election but form the government. In Meghalaya, they had two MLAs but formed the government; in Manipur, they were the minority but formed the government; in Goa, they lost the election, but formed the government; in Punjab, they lost while sitting in the government. So, it’s not that there is one-way traffic of them winning,” Yechury said.
Yechury said that the NDA government was not confident about its numbers in Lok Sabha and that was the reason it was not allowing a no-confidence motion to be moved. “Why is it that they are hesitant to allow a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha?… they are not allowing the motion because they are not confident of their majority. So, that is why, this is a misnomer and propaganda that they have engineered that they are invincible,” he said, adding the Left wanted the government to face a floor test.
He also called for unity among Opposition parties to defeat the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections due next year. “In 2014, the opposition votes were fragmented. The effort in 2019 will be to consolidate these votes. However, there can be no national formula for this. It can vary from state to state,” Yechury said, ruling out any pre-poll alliance with Congress or any other party. He said that there was a lot of anger against the present NDA government as farmers were not getting remunerative prices for their produce, youths were not getting jobs and small businesses had been hit by policies of the government.
He said that a new form of corruption had taken root in the NDA regime. “In the four years of Modi government, one per cent of population is controlling 73 per cent of GDP… the rich is getting richer and the poor becoming poorer.. The ongoing loot of the country’s wealth, be it Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya, indicates a new form of corruption,” he said .