'CPM needs reorientation to take on BJP'

K Sudhakaran

CPI (M) politburo member Prakash Karat today said the partys political struggle has to be reoriented to take on BJPs communal agenda and the Modi governments neo liberal economic policies. Along with this, the BJP's money power also resulted in the setback. On the partys defeat in Tripura, Karat said though the CPI (M) got 45 per cent of the votes, there was an erosion of its support in some sectors. Karat expressed confidence that party would overcome the hard situation it now faced in Tripura. The Left will make a comeback against all challenges. "The Tripura elections indicate that in the present circumstances, the CPM must have a new sense of direction", he said.

The Congress leader said that while the Congress' adversary at the national level was the BJP, its political rival in the State was the CPI (M).

"I have not held any talks whatsoever with the BJP leadership and though it was true that emissaries approached me I have not given them an opportunity to visit me again", Mr. Sudhakaran said adding he wanted to live and die a Congressman.

Sitaram Yechury's opinion that the CPM should reach an understanding with parties including Congress had invited much criticism. Karat had rejected Yechury's arguments too.

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