CPM ready to face new challenge'

BJP-RSS planning to do everything possible to repeat a Tripura in God's Own Country.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After its stupendous victory in CPM bastion Tripura, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are now eyeing Kerala and they made this clear while addressing victory meeting in Delhi. The next target is Kerala and the BJP-RSS is planning to do everything possible to do a Tripura in Gods Own Country. “In politics everything will have some impact. We don’t want to say that there will be no impact of Tripura election results on Kerala. But the progressive and secular minded people of the state will understand the gravity of the situation and would be able to counter the threat posed by such forces,” CPM politburo member M. A. Baby told DC .

The CPM leadership in Kerala is aware of BJP’s capability of marshalling massive financial resources, triggering polarisation on communal lines and deploying RSS pracharaks from across the country to mark every voter in the state. It is in this backdrop that CPM has been holding programmes to connect directly with people. Over 2000 “kudumba sangamam” or family meets are planned across the state between March 19 to 22. “We have always worked among the people. Our 35,000 branches have direct connect with people at the grassroots level. It is this support from people that gives us the strength to fight BJP-RSS in the state. We are fully prepared, geared up to face and defeat any challenge posed by Modi-Shah combine,” CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told DC.

“We are aware of the Sangh Parivar’s money power and how they misuse central government. All this have been factored in for strengthening the fight against fascism," he said. “So long as you have a strong UDF and there is government change every five year, BJP stands little chance of gaining power in Kerala. Instead of weakening UDF, the CPM should focus on people’s welfare. Snatching away a constituent from UDF camp may provide electoral success in one election but what about politics ten years later,” said political analyst Dr J. Prabhash.

Baby says the reduction of Congress vote share in Tripura from 36 per cent to 1.8 per cent remains one of the major reasons for BJP-IFPT win, but the CPM does not want to put the onus on Congress. “Even with such a massive set back of Congress if we were able to prevent seven per cent erosion, things would have been different. Why this 7 per cent erosion happened we will have to examine,” he said. The Left leaders agree that challenged posed by BJP-RSS has to be tackled head-on and there are no short cuts.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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