CPI(M) comrades in arms reluctant on blank support for BSP

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New Delhi, Nov 1 (UNI) The CPI(M)'s general call to its cadres to vote for the BSP candidates in constituencies of the national capital where Left Parties and JD(S) are not candidates, has not received the desired response even as its comrades in arms today vowed to ensure the defeat of both the Congress and BJP.

The top leaders of the CPI, Forward Bloc and RSP said the ''secular credentials" and the "winnibility" should be given weightage.

In line with the Central Committee's direction, the Delhi CPI(M) has decided to vote for the BSP candidates in constituencies from which the nominees of Left and JD(S) are not contesting.

CPI leaders S Sudhakar Reddy and Shamoim Faizi made it clear that their party is striving to avoid mutual contest with the CPI(M) in the five assembly polls- Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Chhattisgarh. The CPI is not contesting in Mizoram.

''In constituencies not being contested by the Left, it would support secular candidates, who can defeat both the Congress and the BJP candidates,'' the CPI leaders said adding that they did not rule out support to BSP or the JD(S) candiates.

CPI(M) senior leader Nilotpal Basu said their main goal in these polls is to evolve the third alternative.'' And the BSP is evolving.'' In reply to a specific question whether this arrangement is for all the six state polls, Mr Basu quipped he could not say so as yet.

Forward Bloc national Secretary G Devrajan, while corroborating the CPI(M)s viewpoint, however, opined that for the third alternative the number game alone ought not be that much necessary.

''It has to be based on people's movements and struggles.'' On the CPI(M)'s support to BSP where the Left and the JD(S) candidates are not contesting, the Forward bloc leader was non committal, saying that there is no difference of opinion on political alternative including the BSP.

RSP leader Abani Roy, echoing similar viewpoint, said the issue is being discussed in the party circles.''Final picture will emerge on Monday and Tuesday,'' he added.


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