The politics of CPI (M) in the fourteenth Lok Sabha elections was one of upholding secularism and fighting against the Sangh Parivar agenda of changing India into a land of communalism and genocide. As the part of it CPI (M) had made a fruitful intervention to accomplish the communist mission to keep the BJP away from power. The motto of which are,
1.Ousting BJP from power
2.Bring a secular government into power
3.Improving the strength of the left in the parliament
The CPI (M) has been successful in implementing all these three slogans
Even though Congress is a party which has wavers in its secular credentials and appeases the communal forces for political gain, it was with the aim of keeping BJP out of power the left forces had supported the Congress led UPA. But considering the class behaviour and the differences on fundamental issues the left had decided against joining the central government. The support of the left to the UPA was on a common Minimum Programme. But UPA had shown reluctance in taking forward the people friendly initiatives in the Common Minimum Programme.
The Central Government was strongly bent upon implementing the globalization policies in different sectors. Privatization of public sector enterprises, pledging the Indian agricultural sector to the multinationals, dismantling public distribution system and abandoning the social security programmes became the hallmark of the central government. Left parties organized continuous struggle against these policies of UPA which were pushing the country to the imperialist camps.
Because of the relentless struggle undertaken by the left both inside and outside the parliament the UPA government was not able to implement the neo liberal policies. The UPA government was always catering the American interests. They voted against the Iran in IAEA. They could not take a strong stand against the American occupation in Iraq. They could not condemn even the brutal killing of Saddam Hussain who had always supported India in various issues including the Kashmir issue. During this period India had entered in thick friendship with Israel which is responsible for the entire blood shed in West Asia. Breaking all assurances given to the left, finally they had pledged the Indian Foreign policy before the US by entering into the Nuclear Treaty. The self reliance and the sovereignty of India was also surrendered through this treaty.
By implementing the pro imperialistic economic policies the central government had invited price rise and the widespread public discontent. Recognising the reality that these policies will only strengthen the communal forces the left constrained to withdraw the support to the UPA government. Both BJP and Congress is trying to protect the American interests in India by implementing the neo liberal policies. Hence it is very much important to keep both these forces away from the power. It is with this motive CPI (M) has taken the lead role in formulating the third alternative. The result of which has crystallized in the Indian Politics. Various parties like CPI (M), CPI, RSP, Forward Block, JanthaDal (S), AIADMK, TDP,TRS, Hariyana Janahith Congress, Jarkhant Vikas Party, had now come forward for forming the third alternative. BSP had already declared that it will co operate with the third front after the elections. Moreover the secular parties who are part of UPA and NDA had also joined the third front. The latest example is the joining of Biju Janatha Dal.
Both UPA and NDA are braking up. At this moment the paramount aim should be to protect India’s sovereignty and self reliance by voting the third front to power.
The last UDF government had destroyed all the advantages attained by Kerala. The left front government had corrected those policies and implemented the people friendly initiatives, the benefits of which percolated to the common man. The farmer suicides have become history. Public sector enterprises have become profitable even to the tune of 100 cr. Rupees. Kerala has also shown an alternative to the globalization policies. Along with this the state government is also taking creative interventions to tackle the global economic crisis. The economic crisis will seriously affect the NRK population. Many of them has started returning. Understanding the gravity of the problem state government had already announce a package of 100 cr. for rehabilitating the returnees through the budget for the current fiscal. Moreover for the first time in the country the government has also decided to set up a welfare fund for the NRKs. It should be also recalled at this point that even when there was an Overseas Affairs Minister was there in the Central Cabinet from the Congress the central government had declared any package for helping the NRKs.
The state government has also taken various initiatives for uplifting the fortunes of the traditional and other disadvantaged sectors. Instead of the globalisational perspective of the survival of the “Haves” the LDF government have come forward with the social responsibility of safeguarding the “Havenots”.
Along with the development of the basic sectors the state government has given priority to agriculture.
It should be our endeavour to implement the alternative policies undertaken by the LDF government in Kerala throughout the country. Only through bringing an alternative political force to BJP and Congress to the power at the centre this could be achieved. Kerala is a model for upholding the politics and the policies of the third alternative. Hence we should send the representatives who can support this policies to the parliament from Kerala.
I appeal to all sections of people to come forward and work wholeheartedly for the complete victory of the Left democratic Front in the LokSabha Elections.