With the BJP declaring Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the Lok Sabha elections,the Congress on Friday appeared to reach out to the Left parties,noting their consistent stand against communalism and asserting that the two are close when it comes to their stand against communal forces.
With all our differences ideologically,one point I have to agree that the Communist parties have always taken a consistent stand on communalism. Whatever be the BJPs stance,they are taking or trying to communalise,Communist parties are always opposed to that. To that extent,we are close, Congress spokesperson P C Chacko said.
While Chacko said the like-mindedness does not mean political alliances,Congress sources claimed the coming together of secular forces is bound to happen. The apparent reaching out to the Left comes at a time when the Left too has sharpened its attack on the BJP,especially after the anointment of Modi. It is another matter that the Left bloc is heavily critical of the Congress and the UPA government too be it on its foreign policy direction or economic policy trajectory.
The Congress and the Left finds themselves on the same page when it comes to slamming the BJP over the communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and in other places. For instance,in the latest issue of CPM mouthpiece Peoples Democracy,senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury argued that the violence in UP has served as the perfect backdrop for the BJP to announce the anointment of the Gujarat chief minister as its prime ministerial prospect in the coming 2014 general elections.