02 December 2017
AFTER four and half decades of Congress rule and two and half decades of BJP rule Gujarat is turned in to haven for the corporate forces, where Brahmanical forces are unleashing lynching of dalits and minorities and intensifying the plunder and impoverishment of all oppressed classes and sections. The elections to the assembly is taking place on 9th and 14th December when BJP is arrogantly boasting about another victory in this state projected as its ‘model’. In spite of the aggressive election campaign of BJP personally led by Modi and Amit Shah, Congress has succeeded to forge a rainbow alliance of various forces and is trying hard to make a return to the seats of power. In addition to the strong incumbency factor, the active anti-BJP feeling among the minorities, dalits and all progressive forces is also favorable to Congress. The latest reports show that even if BJP is not defeated, its hold in this state is going to weaken considerably in this election.

Though the CPI(M) and its Left Front partners have fielded more than a dozen candidates, contrary to the wishes of the people who desire an alternative against the ruling system, these parties have no such alternative to offer because of their political line of implementing the neo-liberal policies wherever they come to power and parading social imperialist China as their socialist show piece.

It is in this situation, the CPI(ML) Red Star had called for building a people’s alternative based on a Common Minimum Program against the corporate-communal fascist regime of BJP, uniting all struggling forces, like minded parties and people’s movements. Though such an alternative could not be built up in this election, the party shall continue its efforts to develop non-parliamentary struggles and to build the people’s alternative, while making a political campaign to defeat BJP
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