Left Front to fight alone in the upcoming state polls

RSTV Bureau
Thiruvananthapuram: Prakash Karat, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the CPI(M) in a discussion with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at a public meeting  as part of the CPI(M) Polit Bureau and Central Committee in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday. PTI Photo

Thiruvananthapuram: Prakash Karat, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the CPI(M) in a discussion with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at a public meeting as part of the CPI(M) Polit Bureau and Central Committee in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday. PTI Photo

The Left Front will fight alone in the upcoming Assembly polls in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury made the announcement at a press conference on Sunday evening.

“The CPI(M), along with the other Left parties, will contest these elections independently projecting the Left alternative policies against the dangers of the current neo-liberal economic offensive on the people and threats of communal polarisation,” a CPI(M) statement statement said after its three-day central committee meeting in Thiruvananthapuram.

Ruling out the possibility of a “grand alliance” in Uttar Pradesh, Yechury said the party’s focus would be fight communal forces and combinations in the state.

Yechury also added that his party was not averse to have adjustments with AAP in Punjab. But, AAP has to clarify on certain issues like economic policy and fight against communalism.

However, CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said the Left parties will contest the elections together, but said his party is of the view that the alliance with other non-Left secular and democratic parties “should be expanded wherever possible”.

Thiruvananthapuram : CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury with party leaders at the party's Polit Bureau meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. PTI Photo

Thiruvananthapuram : CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury with party leaders at the party’s Polit Bureau meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. PTI Photo

“We will discuss this aspect with other Left parties including the CPI(M),” Reddy told PTI.

CPI wants the alliance to keep “communal forces” at bay.

Asked about seat sharing among Left parties and other secular parties, Reddy said preliminary discussions have been held and things will be finalised in the coming days.

The five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur will go to polls between February and March.

(With inputs from PTI)