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CPM comes hard on Mulayam
Satish Misra
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 7
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) made a radical change in its assessment of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav blaming him for non-formation of a joint secular front to defeat the BJP in the biggest state.

Pointing out that the Left party had “at the very outset” urged Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, “the strongest secular Party in UP, to take the lead in forging a wider unity”, the CPM said in a statement “it is unfortunate that Mulayam and his party have not thought it fit to do so.”

“It was the Samajwadi Party leadership, which as early as in January, announced that it will go it alone and not have any understanding or alliance with any other party,” the CPM said adding that in such a situation, in UP, the left parties would be independently fighting some seats and appealed to people to support those candidates who could defeat BJP.

All these years, since 1991, the CPM was one of the strongest supporters of Mr Yadav, whom the Communist leaders of all hues considered to be the most ardent fightter against the “communal forces”.

Even when Mr Yadav went against the Left parties’ desire to renominate former President K. R. Narayanan for another term, the CPM and the CPI did not criticise the UP Chief Minister in the hope that he would comeback to their fold.

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