Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Prakash Karat has
said that the formation of a Third Front at the centre is no easy
task as some political parties frequently change their allegiance.
"Third alternative front is not an easy task and it cannot be
formed hastily. To form the third alternative front, the strength
and political base of the CPI-M and Left parties must be
strengthened," Karat said, addressing an extended meeting of the
CPI-M state committee here Sunday night.
"The third alternative front could be formed on the basis of
common policies and programmes. For this, qualitative change in
politics is required. There are some political parties frequently
changing their side and grouping."
The CPI-M held a two-day meeting here over the weekend to analyse
the party's performance, loopholes and other aspects in the Feb 14
polls to the 60-seat Tripura assembly.
The elections saw the CPI-M led Left Front win power for the
seventh time and enter office for a fifth consecutive term after
securing a landslide victory with 50 of the 60 seats in the
The main opposition Congress managed only 10 seats.
The CPI-M leader said that the Congress would lose next year's Lok
Sabha polls and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) would not gain
much. "For this cause, the Left parties must achieve greater
"The combined strength of the regional parties like AIADMK, SP (Samajvadi
Party), BJD (Biju Janata Dal) and JD-U (Janata Dal-United) is
bigger than Congress and BJP, but in political character, they are
all opportunistic," he said.
CPI-M politburo member and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar,
the party's state secretary and central committee member Bijan
Dhar, central committee member Rama Das and 34 leaders from
various parts of the state spoke at the two-day meeting.
Sarkar said: "Considering the Left Front government's massive
success and developmental works, the Left parties could have got
more votes and more seats in the assembly polls. Plugging the
organisational loopholes, we must go to the people in a bigger way
and bring new people into the party fold."
"The Upajati Gana Mukti Parishad (CPI-M tribal frontal
organisation), must be reinforced in its organisational works and
change its style of functioning, in keeping with the prevailing
political scenario," Sarkar said.
The CPI-M in the recent polls, got one percent less votes compared
to the 2008 polls from tribals, who constitute a third of
Tripura's 3.7 million population.