Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Left parties’ failure benefited AAP: AIFB

The failure of the Left Parties in addressing social issues of the middle class and uniting the voluntary organisations fighting for the common man’s problem like education and health led to the Aam Admi Party filling in the vacuum created by the Congress in New Delhi, according to All India Forward Bloc leader, Debabrata Biswas, said. Mr. Biswas, who is here to attend a party meeting, said the double anti-incumbency factor for the Congress, which is in power at the Centre and was ruling in New Delhi, led to its debacle in the national capital. Urban voters rejected the Congress for the price rise and corruption. “The Delhi Assembly election result shows that people have rejected both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party since they had an option in the AAP,” he said. The Left Parties’ old style of functioning in addressing only the economic issues did not catch the voters’ attention, while the AAP, backed by NGOs who were working on the social issues like right to education and health of the urban population, was benefited by the vacuum created by the Congress. The “Left parties organised many programmes to address only issues affecting trade unions and peasantry,” Mr. Biswas said. The challenge before the Left parties will be to unite social organisations, which were Left oriented, to keep both the Congress and the BJP out of power in 2014 general election to the Lok Sabha. He also warned the Left parties to be wary of the so-called socialist regional parties, which are otherwise playing caste politics.

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