KANPUR: Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Prakash Karat on Thursday dismissed that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is an alternative to Congress and said that the country needs a new option, which will be formed when like-minded parties come together.
“BJP was never an alternate to Congress. The political parties which believe in similar policies as ours should come together and struggle. Our country needs a new option,” Karat said here.
Karat ruled out the formation of a Third Front before elections and said that alliance with like-minded parties wouldn’t form a front but it will give option to the people other than Congress and BJP.
Karat was here to take part in Sangharsh Sandesh Yatra and left for Etawa later in the day.
“Fertiliser security, food security, land acquisition, employment, education and health rights, women’s rights and fight against corruption are the goals of this yatra,” Karat said.
Slamming the current policies in the country, which he alleged benefits capitalists, industrialists and landlords, Karat called for a change that will come when like minded parties join hands and support their policies.
When asked if Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav would head this new alliance, Karat dodged the question by laughing it off.
Addressing the party cadre, Karat said that Gujarat Chief Minister Narender Modi’s development model is only for the benefit of capitalists and industrialists.
Thousands of hectares of land has been given to industrialists with tax and electricity benefits while education and health index are down in the state and malnutrition is rampant, he alleged.
The yatra would reach Delhi on March 18 and on 19 a rally would be addressed in Ramlila Maidan where an announcement regarding a massive movement for their policies would be made, party member Subhashini Ali said.
Also on Thursday, CPI-M said that the Italian refusal to send back its two marines to face the Indian law was linked to India’s hunger for foreign investment.
The acts of foreigners who violate Indian law “with virtual impunity is directly connected with the neo-liberal trajectory of economic reforms” New Delhi has pursued since 1991,” said an editorial in the CPI-M journal People’s Democracy.