New Delhi: Prakash Karat, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, says the verdict of the general election—in which the Congress-led coalition swept back to power—doesn’t indicate a “major pro-Congress shift”.
In an article appearing in the forthcoming issue of ‘People’s Democracy’, the party’s official mouthpiece, Karat argues that “while there has been a pro-Congress trend in some parts of the country, taken overall, there is no big shift in favour of the Congress”.
Karat’s article claims that the Congress, which will head the next government, has got just about 2% more than in 2004 and the fact that it has lost ground in states such as Orissa, Jharkhand, Assam, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka goes to show how there is “no wave or a strong all-India shift in favour of the Congress”. He also argues that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s loss of vote share of around 3% has gone to the Congress but the combined percentage of vote of both parties remains almost the same as 2004.
The article further argues that one of the reasons for Congress’ success has been the “positive impact” of some of the measures adopted because of “pressures from the Left”, even while admitting that the election verdict has been a serious setback for the Left, which calls for “serious examination of the causes of these reverses”.