CPI(M) Aims To Maximise Anti-BJP Votes Behind AAP
The support of the CPI(M) to AAP comes a week after the latter pronounced its “unconditional” support to the CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidates in the state of Kerala.
Calling the NDA government led by Narendra Modi an “unmitigated disaster” unleashed upon the country, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday rendered its support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidates in Delhi. The seven seats of Delhi will go to the polls on May 12th and it is witnessing a triangular fight with AAP and the Congress failing to put up a united front against the BJP, which won all the seats in 2014.
“We do not boast of a very huge support base in Delhi, but we surely have a large network of labour and grass root organisations. We are confident that the support of the CPI(M) to the AAP candidates will set the facts straight that it is the AAP in Delhi which is fighting the BJP and we must ensure our valuable votes are not wasted. In a trilateral fight, we are confident whatever votes our support could garner could be vital and decisive for the AAP candidates,” CPI(M) leader Nilotpal Basu said.
The CPI(M) Delhi state committee, in its statement, attacked the BJP government in the Centre, alleging that the Modi government has tried to subvert the essence of the country’s constitution.
“This government has promoted heinous attacks on Muslims and Dalits and has actively engaged in sharpening of communal polarisation. There has been a sharp increase in crimes against women and girls. It has sought to subvert the secular and democratic essence of the Constitution,” the CPI(M) said in the statement.
The Congress has played a negative role vis-a-vis the AAP state government and it appears to consider the AAP and not the BJP as its main enemy in Delhi. Besides, it has adopted soft Hindutva tactics and targeted the Left by fielding Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad. In light of the above, there is no question of the CPI (M) supporting any Congress candidate in Delhi, the statement adds.
The support of CPI(M) to AAP comes a week after the party announced its “unconditional” support to the CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidates in the state of Kerala.
“We have extended our support unconditionally to the Left front candidates in Kerala. There were some seats in 2014 in Kerala in which the AAP candidates reaped more votes than the winning margins. We are hopeful the AAP support could be decisive for the candidates to win,” Thufail P T, AAP Kerala Convener, said.
Both AAP and CPI(M) deny talks of a larger national alliance against the BJP as it was proven “impossible” due to ground realities.
“The whole idea of having a non-BJP front never took off. What we had targeted was the state level alliances to ensure that anti-BJP votes do not get dispersed. We have been successful to a large extend,” Basu said.
The endorsement of AAP candidates by the CPI(M) comes even as the left front partner CPI has been largely silent of any such support, while the AAP in Kerala is supporting all the Left front candidates, irrespective of their party affiliation.