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The lead editorial in the latest issue of CPM mouthpiece,People’s Democracy attacks L. K. Advani for his opinion that the Indian polity can only be bipolar.....

Written by J.P. Yadav | March 18, 2009 12:52:35 am

The lead editorial in the latest issue of CPM mouthpiece,People’s Democracy attacks L. K. Advani for his opinion that the Indian polity can only be bipolar,with the Congress and the BJP as two poles. The editorial starts by stating: “Within hours after Mr L K Advani thundered that the Indian polity can only be bipolar,the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) broke its eleven years old association with the BJP/NDA and announced its decision to fight the elections to the parliament and the state assembly in Orissa in a seat sharing agreement with the Left parties. How distant the BJP and Mr Advani are from the ground realities in our country can be gauged from this”.

The editorial lauds the rally of non-Congress and non-BJP parties in Karnataka and goes on to underline that “ground level realities” were forcing a “churning process” in Indian politics for an alternative government at the centre. The article goes on to point out that “popular pressures arising from the vast mass of the people yearning to improve their living conditions that many non-Congress secular parties are moving towards a secular alternative”.

The article points out that “hardcore Hindutva” was back on the BJP agenda,making its allies uneasy. At the same time it says that like the BJP the Congress — appearing overconfident — would also be shocked by the reality after the polls.

For the people or against

In an article titled: “Pro-People Alternative Policies Must Dominate Electoral Discourse” — CPM MP Nilotpal Basu says: “So far as the electorate is concerned,the battle lines have been clearly drawn. In fact,the concerns of the people,their livelihood questions,had been sought to be glossed over a prolonged period of time beginning with the Nineties. The neo-liberal policy paradigm and dovetailing the Indian situation to the international regime of globalisation with the financialisation of the national economies has had its indelible impact…And,therefore,any focus on this distress of the vast majority of the electorates would,actually,push the advocates of that kind of policy thrust on the back foot”.

More Pawar to them

Analysing the Lok Sabha poll scenario in an article,the CPM mouthpiece says: “But what is really giving nightmares to both the INC and the BJP are the reports that the NCP and Shiv Sena have had a tacit and secret understanding to support each other in the coming elections despite their respective alliances. The ultimate aim of all this manoeuvring is to try and install Sharad Pawar as prime minister in the post-poll scenario,with a solid block of NCP-SS MPs behind him.” The article goes on to say how despite strident demands both the NCP and the Shiv Sena so far have refused to lend support to the prime ministerial candidature of L. K. Advani and Manmohan Singh


Compiled by J.P. Yadav

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