BJP win in K'taka no signal of its comeback trail:Left

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New Delhi, May 27 (UNI) The Left parties today urged the Congress and UPA government to rectify its course of action in the wake of its defeat in the Karnataka elections if it wanted to win back people's support it had secured in the 2004 general elections.

Refuting the claim by a certain section of political opinion that BJP victory in the southern state signalled the comeback of the party at the Centre, CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said it was only a "wake-up call for the secular forces" who should continue to work vigorously against the communal agenda of the BJP in the larger national interests.

CPI(M) senior leader Rupchand Pal said if the Congress-led UPA government can correct course now and implement pro-people policies with all seriousness then there is every possibility that the people will stand by the secular forces in the coming Lok Sabha elections also. "It is time for soul searching by the Congress".

Mr Bardhan and his party colleague Shamin Faizi said the government has to rethink its strategy to control inflation."The Karnataka elections show that people got polarised between two major political formations. For political stability they have rejected the Janata Dal(S) and Samajwadi Party." Besides, caste factor played a major role and the BJP was able to weave a caste combination that helped in winning two dozen extra seats, they said, adding the claim of BJP on comeback trail has, however, no foundation. " In the byelections, BJP and its allies have just retained their own seats in states they had won recently".

The two Left leaders claimed that fortunes of the saffron party in the Hindi heartland are, however, going down and the BJP is no where in the contest in upcoming Assembly byelections in Andhra Pradesh.

Mr Faizi urged the CPI(M) also to learn a lesson from the Panchayat elections in West Bengal. The party should introspect and reassess the functioning of the Left as a whole, he added.

The RSP,however, has called for review of Left support to the UPA government, saying its credibility has eroded substantially.

Forward Bloc's secretary G Devrajan attributed BJP victory to "inconsistencies" of JD(S). He pointed out that the Congress has gained strength as its share in the Karnataka assembly went up to 80 from 65 seats.

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