16 January, 2021

“Not Helping Congress Unless Rahul Discovers Socialism”

CPI(M) general secretary looks at the political possibilities, gives his views on Mulayam and Rahul Gandhi, explains his party’s positions, and convolutions

Jitender Gupta
“Not Helping Congress Unless Rahul Discovers Socialism”
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The Left has usually been the pivot for regional groupings in India. But lately the political landscape has changed with a reduction of Communist strength and the emergence of new regional players. CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat looks at the political possibilities, gives his views on Mulayam and Rahul Gandhi, explains his party’s positions, and convolutions, in a conversation with Saba Naqvi and Panini Anand. Excerpts:

How do you view the decline of national parties?

The two major national parties, the Congress and BJP, together have not even garnered 50 per cent votes in the last Lok Sabha polls. They are not growing essentially because the policies and platform of these parties will not get mass support. I think that major issue for my party, the CPI(M) and the Left as a whole, is that we are not advancing when the two national parties, whose policies we oppose, are shrinking. There is general perception that we have gone down in strength. It's mainly because the losses we have suffered in West Bengal, which was our...

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