Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 11
The Left parties are in no mood to associate electorally with the ruling TMC in West Bengal and its arch-rival which wants to emerge as a face of united Opposition against the BJP at the Centre.
The development has once again cast a shadow on the stop-start unity of the Opposition.
It is important in states where political jackboots are needed to stomp to defeat the BJP-led NDA nationally, including the 2024 General Election.
“Any question of Left parties’ electoral alliance with the TMC is hypothetical,” a Central Left leader said, outrightly dismissing the idea.
He added, “Mamata Banerjee-led TMC is responsible for allowing BJP to make headway in West Bengal.”
Leaders of the Left parties are of the firm view, however, welcome the coming together of 14 political parties, including the TMC and Left parties, to take on the BJP at national level, including in Parliament.
“But this does not mean that there is electoral alliance,” CPI(M) chief Sitaram Yechury said on Monday in the context of TMC.
“In the last assembly election in West Bengal, the Left parties had wanted to defeat both the BJP and the TMC. The TMC was the beneficiary of the Left campaign against the BJP because the people considered it to be in a position to defeat the communal party,” he added.
Yechury’s point was that TMC won in West Bengal by default, and not on a positive mandate of the people. Hence, the TMC would be well advised not to take its popularity for granted.
In a meeting here, the CPI(M) central committee (CC) introspected the loss in West Bengal and devised measures to strengthen the party.
CPI(M) would, however, strive for Left unity and coming together of like-minded, secular democratic forces against the BJP.
Left leaders have taken note of Mamata Banerjee’s visit here during the Monsoon Session of Parliament in the name of uniting the Opposition parties and her meeting also with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
TMC has been trying to project Mamta Banerjee as an alternative to Modi. The feeling among a section of Left leaders is that this is a mere ploy of the TMC to protect its base and retain its seats in the next parliamentary elections in the state.