Monday, October 15, 2012

Suravaram foresees Modi causing migration of BJP senior leaders

The Communist Party of India has predicted the migration of senior leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party if leadership of that party continues with its stand of projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate.
There has been “huge discontent” among some senior leaders ever since Mr. Modi’s name started doing the rounds as the party’s prime ministerial nominee. “There is already struggle within the BJP. Senior leaders are likely to resign from the party if it goes ahead with its stand of supporting Mr. Modi’s candidature,” CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy said.
The strife in the BJP could be seen from the developments in Karnataka where the former Chief Minister, B. S. Yeddyurappa, faulted the leadership on its choice while 14 MLAs cross-voted for UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee in the recent Presidential election, Mr. Reddy said adding the situation was no better in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance where some partners were likely to walk out of the alliance owing to the recent developments.
“Political equations are likely to change in the near future as there is likelihood of realignment of forces,” he said at the party’s State Council meeting here on Sunday.
Mr. Reddy, who dwelt at length on international developments as well as struggles within the country, expressed concern over the deteriorating economic situation that benefitted multinational companies at the expense of the common man.
The government was facing two-pronged pressure — from the people who demanded immediate solution to price rises and other issues and corporates who dictated terms to it.
“The government is bent on taking some hard decisions, but the process has been set aside in view of the elections to the President and Vice-President posts.” The CPI general secretary exhorted party leaders and cadre to strive for a non-BJP and non-Congress alternative that should be built on the basis of economic and political agenda.
At the same time, they should join the mass struggle to mount pressure on the government for an expeditious solution to issues of public importance.