The Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat, on Wednesday, said the Left, and not the Congress, could provide a credible alternative to right-wing forces.
“The Congress party which is responsible for neo-liberal regime with its attendant corruption and looting of resources cannot be the alternative. Only if there is strong independent Left can there be a realignment of forces to put up a real alternative,” Mr. Karat said, while addressing the Communist Party of India’s 22nd party congress.
Stressing the need for strengthening the constituent parties of the Left, the CPI-M general secretary expressed hope that the party congress would address the task of how to build and strengthen the CPI.
Stating there is a need to strengthen the Left by broadening the scope and ambit of Left unity, Mr. Karat said, “In the recent period, we have taken some steps towards that. Six parties came together for joint actions against the policies of the Modi government. We have to work towards broadening Left unity further by bringing all Left parties, groups and individuals together for joint action and united movements.”
Earlier, CPI general secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy said the Left's weak show in the last elections had disappointed the people to some extent. But the Left was not demoralised.
“We need to win the confidence of the people. Left unity is a pre-condition for broad Left democratic unity to be achieved,” he added.
The party congress also paid homage to the communist leader Govind Pansare who was brutally murdered by unknown assailants recently in Maharastra.