AAP Cannot be Substitute for Left: Karat
By Express News Service | Published: 12th January 2014 09:36 AM |
CPM general secretary Prakash Karat on Saturday said the AAP was a substitute for “bourgeois” parties, not the Left, which according to him is waiting for the Arvind Kejriwal-led party to make clear its approach to “neo-liberalism” and communalism.
While admitting that the CPM couldn’t grow in metros, Karat said: “The AAP will be a significant player in Delhi in the Lok Sabha elections.” Referring to the AAP’s popular initiatives, the CPM chief claimed only a few people were going to benefit from programmes like the free-water initiative.
“Thirty percent of the population of Delhi doesn’t have a water connection and electricity connection,” he said. “The AAP has drawn support not just from Left sympathisers but also from those whose political leanings are to the right or the centre,” he further said.
Terming the Aadhaar project “illegal”, Karat said Aadhaar shouldn’t be made mandatory for receiving government services. “Aadhaar is a proposal once rejected by the Parliament sub-committee which had looked into it. We don’t understand why petroleum companies are insisting on it. We have apprehensions that Aadhaar might sabotage the public distribution system,” he said. Karat said all “secular” non-Congress parties would give shape to a concrete electoral alliance by February. He said CPM was in constant touch with parties to form such a broad non-BJP-non-Congress front.
“The Congress is not in a position to fight. It is struggling to survive. The BJP and Narendra Modi can be effectively checked only by a non-Congress secular front and we are in talks for it. A decision is expected in three weeks,” he said. Asked about the internal inquiry announced by the CPM into the murder of RMP leader T P Chandrasekharan, Karat said the report wasn’t ready and added that it might not be made public even when ready.