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Old 02-Apr-2008
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Coimbatore April 1:
The concluding day of the 19th CPM National Congress slammed the UPA leadership and clarified via its resolution that there will be no electoral alliance with the ruling Congress, which it said, had simply failed to live up to the expectations of the common man.
The partyís resolution that was passed today, highlighted what CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat had stated in a press conference on the first day of the meet. He had criticized the Centre on issues of price rise, the prevailing agrarian situation as well as on matters pertaining to national security.
It also cited that the ďagrarian crisis" was affecting Dalits, adivasis, minorities and women. And this was one of the tools, which could be exploited by the party to expand itself in the Hindi belt. The election mood of the Left party was depicted in its pledge to further spread its ideology across India.
The CPM resolution also admitted that it was on account of the above-mentioned failures of the Congress-led government that the BJP had got an opportunity to bounce back. This was in the context of BJPís recent victories in the Punjab and Uttarakhand Assembly polls. The resolution said that the main opposition party has successfully capitalized on the failures of the UPA government on various issues of concern.
The resolution reiterated that the CPM was for a third alternative. Karat had earlier said that an association of like-minded parties only could make third front feasible. This was an obvious indication that the party was not with the Congress politically anymore. However it has maintained its anti-BJP stand. Veteran Left leader Jyoti Basuís recent remarks that though the Congress was not communal, yet it did not mean that it was fighting non-secular forces, reflected an open electoral diversion of the CPM from the Congress.
Todayís resolution merely formalized the stand and elucidated that while the party would make all efforts to isolate and defeat BJP, it would at the same time seriously oppose the unhealthy policies of the UPA government.

Source : Punjab Mail Online

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