Left parties responsible for BJP’s growth, alleges Congress

March 24th, 2009 - 7:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Congress Tuesday challenged the Left parties claim to being secular and cited their aligning with the Bharatiya Janata Party to back the V.P. Singh government in 1989 to say they were “responsible for the BJP’s electoral growth”.
“The Left parties and their present partners pride themselves on being secular. On the contrary, it may be recalled that they had actively aligned with the BJP in the past. They are, in fact, responsible for the electoral growth of the BJP,” the Congress manifesto, released at its national headquarters here, stated.

The Congress also came down on the Left for opposing the India-US civilian nuclear deal.

“The Left Parties withdrew their support (to the government) on the issue of the civilian nuclear agreement even though it had been negotiated and concluded on our own terms.”

It added: “They adamantly refused to listen to reasoned arguments that convincingly demonstrated that the agreement was in India’s supreme national interest.”

The Left parties withdrew support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in July 2008 over the nuclear deal.

When the Left parties were backing the government for four years they “attempted to exercise authority without taking on any responsibility”, the Congress said.

The manifesto added: “At every step, they violated the discipline, restraint and sobriety so very essential for running a coalition smoothly.”

The Congress also lambasted the Third Front, a conglomeration of Left and regional parties, calling it a “grouping of opportunistic parties” which had “neither consistency nor clarity”.

The party manifesto said the Front parties had “neither competence nor commitment. This Front, grounded in the politics of convenience, is nothing but a platform for personal ambitions”.

It said the Third Front partners spoke of alternative policies without spelling them out and added that they “do one thing when they are in power and quite another when they are rejected by the people”.

“As past experience has shown, the Third Front is a recipe for political instability. Lacking a natural national anchor, it is a recipe for chaos, not cohesion,” it said.

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