01 November, 2020

'We'll Vote Against The UPA Govt'

A visibly upset CPI(M) general secretary on the Left's new political isolation, and its future plans

'We'll Vote Against The UPA Govt'
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For the last four years, the almost constant presence of OB vans outside AKG Bhawan, the CPI(M) headquarters in Delhi, reflected the key role the party and its Left allies—the CPI, the RSP and the Forward Bloc—played in policymaking on Raisina Hill. The Left's vision provided a counterpoint to South Block's neo-liberal worldview. Today, with their long-time friend and ally, the SP, having decided to back the Congress-led UPA on the nuclear deal, the Left stands totally isolated with just one friend, the Telugu Desam Party. A visibly upset CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat spoke to Outlook about the Left's new political isolation, and its future plans:

The Left now stands politically isolated. What is your response?

We don't like to lose allies, but we can't be opportunistic on policy issues. We hadn't expected the SP to cross over (shrugs) but then we were never part of the UNPA. We merely cooperated with it on issues. With the SP taking the position it has, the UNPA will now disintegrate. What's happened has proved what we always...
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