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BJP's hopes exaggerated: PKV

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KANNUR, FEB. 4 . The CPI leader, P.K. Vasudevan Nair, has said that the BJP's hopes of winning a majority in the coming Lok Sabha elections by projecting the Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee's image, are out of touch with ground realities.

"In India, parliament elections are fought on State-specific issues and the poll outcome in each State depends on political issues and equations there," Mr. Nair said while speaking to reporters here today. The National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) claim that there was no alternative to Mr. Vajpayee was also hollow, he said adding that it was Mr. Vajpayee who had presided over a Government that had proved to be `subservient to Indian capitalists'.

Stating that the NDA Government had `miserably failed' to implement its own `mind-boggling' promises of creating new jobs, the CPI leader said that the country was now facing a serious crisis in the employment sector as the policies now being pursued by the Government would lead to large-scale downsizing of employees and workers in public and private sectors and would also deprive them of their rights.

Mr. Nair said that the NDA Government's interim budget was itself a `hollow pre-election exercise' for `duping' the people. Such exercises only exposed the BJP's deep apprehensions about its own exaggerated claims, he said adding that the BJP had reached a saturation point in the last Lok Sabha elections.

Reiterating the stand of the Left parties in the next elections, the veteran leader said that their first priority was to ensure the defeat of the BJP. "Our election strategies will be based on this priority," he said. Though the Left parties had difficulties in becoming party of a coalition led by the Congress, they would make seat adjustments with the Congress wherever possible to pool in anti-BJP votes.

The second priority of the Left parties, he said, was to ensure that they secured increased representation in Lok Sabha to strengthen the anti-BJP forces. The NDA Government had weakened the unity of the people in the country, sowed the seeds of communal menace and disturbed peace, he added.

Accusing the Congress of adopting a soft Hindutva line, the CPI leader said that the Antony Government was a total failure. Stating that the UDF could never offer a stable government, he said that the show of peace now being staged by Congress leaders in the State was intended to last till the next Lok Saba elections were over. The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committe president, K. Muraleedharan's bid to reverse his stand on a change in leadership was a real somersault, he said.

To a question on the ideological debate in the CPI(M) on the decentralisation drive launched by the previous LDF Government, he said that the allegation levelled against the People's Plan Campaign was baseless. He also flayed the ongoing attempt to tarnish the image of the Kerala Sastra Sahithya Parishad and the Centre for Development Studies.

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