Against the backdrop of the CPI (M) rout in the Aruvikkara bypoll, Congress daily Veekshanam on Thursday asked the CPI to quit the LDF coalition, which, according to the daily, is a sinking ship. Recalling the days of Congress-CPI alliance in Kerala in the 70’s, the daily’s editorial asked why the CPI should think about returning to the Congress fold.
Although Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala attested the party daily’s stand, CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran said the Congress daily lacked a real perspective about the political stand of CPI.
Rajendran said Congress should not consider the by-poll verdict as a tribute to the UDF government. “The LDF is capable of taking corrective steps,” he said.
CPI (M) polit buro member Pinarayi Vijayan said the CPI had a bitter experience of its past alliance with Congress. “People would reject the Congress demand with contempt,” he said.
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Veekshanam said the CPI should have the prudence to recognize that the poll outcome in Aruvikkara is a warning for the total disintegration of the LDF. It said if the CPI wanted to protect pure Left philosophy and secular thoughts, then that party should come out of the tainted relationship with the CPI(M). The editorial added that the CPI in Bihar and Telangana had abandoned the extreme dislike towards Congress. It further stated the CPI should realize that the CPI (M) is using the LDF as a short way to power.
In Aruvikkara, even though the Congress won, the BJP had finished a close third behind the CPI(M) and had increased its vote share in the constituency by five folds.
The editorial said being a party that has not degenerated to the level of CPI (M), the CPI should escape from the sinking ship. The daily said CPI leaders are not arrogant and that they still have nostalgic memories about their party’s decade-long alliance with Congress.