Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 7
In the midst of political and social turmoil created by Covid pandemic, the Left events have pulled out all of the stops to regain their spot in nationwide politics by reclaiming its as soon as citadel of West Bengal within the subsequent Assembly elections, due early subsequent yr, and placing up a aggressive contest within the previous Bihar ballot which is due in October-November, this yr.
The Achilles heel, nevertheless, for the Left parties-led by CPI(M) is the distinction amongst them on how a lot ought to they wager, simply but, on Congress relating to West Bengal elections in taking out the ruling TMC, and concurrently overrun the aggressive BJP.
Left events are strategising on methods to broaden their footprint in states unitedly which might set them heading in the right direction to re-establish their presence in nationwide politics on the Centre.
Former CPI(M) Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha Mohammad Salim stated that the Left’s prospects have brightened in West Bengal particularly on account of occasions regarding Covid and the cyclone, Amphan.
“Both the TMC government in the state and BJP dispensation at the Centre failed to deliver at the time of two crises and have been exposed,” stated Salim.
“The Left parties are conspicuous by their socio-welfare activities to provide succour to victims, including migrant labourers.”
“As many as 19 non-TMC and non-BJP parties, including Left and Congress, are jointly struggling against the state government and Union government,” Salim added.
A prime CPI(M) chief stated that Lefts’ becoming a member of fingers with Congress for the forthcoming meeting election in West Bengal was sure.
CPI chief D Raja, nevertheless, has a nuanced tackle Congress.
“Congress will be judged on the basis of how much it accommodates the Left parties in sharing of seats for the Bihar Assembly elections,” Raja stated, and red-flagged that the Bihar elections could be an indicator of Congress’ affiliation with the Left events for West Bengal ballot.
The bottom-line, nevertheless, is that Left has an excessive amount of at stake in West Bengal, and absence of Congress will throw up a four-way contest. This would entail cut up in anti-BJP votes – a prospect at which the BJP management will hug itself.
The Left spectrum has been an influencer in “secular politics” within the nation. In the previous, it supported nationwide governments from exterior or inside, and acted as “angel guardian” to the dispensation on the Centre.
On account of its numerical clout in Parliament, Left bloc would affect governments’ insurance policies which additionally got here in for flak in some quarters.
Things modified with ascent of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP beneath him. The Left in addition to different opposition events had been pushed to the slippery slope.
Left was significantly decreased to fire-fight for relevance, and measured itself within the axiom of survival. It misplaced its 34 years of political investments in West Bengal – the crucible of Left ideology in 2011 to the TMC led Mamata Banerjee which was then thought of an upstart.
Subsequently, it ceded energy to BJP in Tripura, one other of its bastion, and likewise decrease its horns to the saffron social gathering within the race to seize opposition house in West Bengal. The BJP received 18 of the overall of 42 seats in West-Bengal, second to TMC within the 2019 General Election.
The saving grace for Left was their convincing victory in Kerala Assembly elections.