'Too early' for Left to finalise
2019 strategy: Yechury




Kolkata, Oct 13 :  CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said Saturday it was "too early" for the Left party to finalise its strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha election but stressed it would give a call to unseat the ruling BJP.

Yechury said the CPI(M) would decide its strategy depending on the outcomes of upcoming assembly polls in five states.

An all-India alliance with opposition parties might not be possible so the CPI(M) would go for state-wise understandings, he said.

"It's too early to decide our tactics for the Lok Sabha election. But we will call for the defeat of BJP and its allies in the upcoming election ... We are also aiming to establish an alternative secular government at the Centre," Yechury told reporters in Kolkata.

"For the general election, our objective will be to increase the strength of CPI(M) and the Left in Parliament. Our objective will be to help maximise pulling off anti-BJP votes," he said.

Asked whether the Left party would participate in a mega political rally planned by the Trinamool Congress in Kolkata in January next year, he said the CPI(M) was yet to receive invitation for it.

He said 10 central trade unions have decided to go on a two-day nation-wide general strike from January 8 to protest the "anti-worker policies" of the central government.

Centre’s  policy on Kashmir diabolical

Yechury  said the Centre's policy on Kashmir is "diabolical" and the "alienation of the people of the Valley is almost complete".

The BJP-led government at the Centre is using the disturbances in Kashmir to "get going its process of communal polarisation," Yechury said.

He was referring to the spar between cricketer Gautam Gambhir and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Twitter over Hizbul Mujahideen's top commander Mannan Bashir Wani being gunned down by security forces in an encounter.

"I do not know much about their (Abdullah and

Gambhir's) personal comments. The situation in the Valley is

really very, very grave. Alienation of the people of the Valley

is almost complete," Yechury told reporters at the CPI(M) office here.

"(The) situation in the Valley has deteriorated in the last few years. More soldiers and people have been killed...The policy of the government at the Centre on Kashmir is not a failure, but diabolical," he said.

"They(BJP) are using the Kashmir disturbances to get going the process of communal polarisation like they are doing in the rest of the country. And they are using it to hide the violence in other BJP-led states," the CPI(M) leader added.

Gambhir had held politicians, including Abdullah -- the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, responsible for Wani, a scholar from Aligarh Muslim University, taking to terrorism.

Abdullah reacted to Gambhir's comments saying that the cricketer was poorly informed about the dynamics of radicalisation in Kashmir.

Yechury also expressed surprise over the Centre not allowing a probe into the Rafale deal and the choice of Reliance Defence of Anil Ambani over state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited as offset partner.


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