These are the words from Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader A B Bardhan.
Some excerpts from his interview with Indian Express:
- Besides, she alone will not run the government. There are other forces who have been behind pulling down the Left—CII, ASSOCHAM, FICCI, etc. They will put in all their expertise. And the Government of India will bail her out every time. Funds that they never gave to the Left, they will give her. Therefore, I don’t think she is in for a short spell.
- Now, communists are being hunted, killed, offices raided. Even INTUC in Bengal has asked her to stop trying to take over the trade unions by force and intimidation. All that will have to stop.
- They sent us a questionnaire which was an insult to the political parties, asking us to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Should the prime minister be under the Lokpal Bill? Yes or no, tick mark. Should political parties be treated like that?
- And I agree that the base support to the Left parties has been eroded to a great extent for various reasons including the fact that divisive politics in our country is very strong—communal, caste etc. These are factors we have to fight. We are continuously fighting against the current, and we have failed. But I don’t think it’s an ideological failure. The general mass of Left-oriented supporters has not reduced. Organisationally, we have failed.
We need more to happen these things!!