22 October, 2020

Knitting A Challenge

Tie-ups with regional parties and scattered dissatisfaction could translate into votes for the Third Force

Knitting A Challenge
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DESPITE inner contradictions and con- a fusion, the Left alliance led by the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has emerged as the major challenge to the Congress. In the 1991 elections, the Congress had scored in both the parliamentary and assembly elections. Of the 14 Lok Sabha seats, the party bagged eight; and in the assembly polls it won 66 of the 126 seats. The AGP could muster no more than one Lok Sabha and 19 assembly seats. And the CPI(M) had managed just one Lok Sabha constituency.

Things look brighter for the Left alliance this time since the AGP has decided to underplay the problem of illegal Bangladeshi migration into the state. The party manifesto talks of national unity, peace and communal harmony. This has come as a relief to the CPI(M), which was concerned that the hardline stand on this issue could cost the Left Front the Muslim vote.

The CPI(M) was anyway committed to an alliance with the AGP since its central leadership had decided to align itself, wherever possible, with regional parties to ensure that they did not go over to the BJP. (In Assam,...

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