14 March 2018
THE victory of BJP in the elections to Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya in the Northeast, in spite of the serious consequences of the four years of Modi rule like spiraling unemployment, price rise, impoverishment of increasing sections of people, devastation of peasantry, corruption etc, shows that the parties ranging from Congress to CPI(M) who were in power in these states proved themselves incapable of challenging and defeating the corporatization and communal fascist policies pursued by the BJP rule in a frenzied manner, as these parties have no better alternative to put forward. As a result, they failed to mobilize the masses against the ‘no holds barred’ policies and practices of BJP to win elections. These victories of Sangh Parivar have further intensified the great challenge before the people.

It is a naked fact that it is the neo-liberal policies initiated and carried forward by the Congress led parties, along with communal-caste appeasement policies and increasing corruption which paved the way for the advent of the ultra rightist BJP to power in the absence of any progressive alternative to replace it, helping it to impose the corporate fascist policies. In spite of it, neither the Congress nor other ruling class parties including the regional parties are prepared to re-think and to reverse these reactionary policies. On the contrary, wherever they are still in power, they also pursue the very same anti-people policies. In spite of the serious debacle suffered by it in West Bengal after its 34 years of continuous rule, even the CPI(M) and its Left Front also have no alternate model to put before the people. The CPI(M) pursued the neo-liberal model with its own interpretations in Tripura for last 25 years. The same policies are vigorously pursued in Kerala also. Against the rampaging campaign of BJP promising everything under the sun, along with its communalization of the middle class and alliance with tribal front, CPI(M) thought that its left phrase mongering and the un-corrupt image of its chief minister can win another team for it. It refused to put forward an anti-corporatization, anti-communal fascist development model and democratization as an alternative based on an independent communist assertion because of its social democratic character. It is repeatedly proved in history that a social democratic party which has abandoned the path of class struggle and social change cannot replace big capitalist-big landlord ruling class parties indefinitely, just by raising left jargons.

It will be too much to expect that in spite of the debacle in Tripura, neither those who call for a unity of all anti-BJP parties including Congress as the panacea to defeat BJP, nor those within CPI(M) who oppose electoral unity with Congress, just as a tactical move to serve a Kerala like situation, will be prepared to reverse their policy of parliamentary cretinism and get prepared to strive for building a people’s alternative against the ruling system. It is a pity that some of the communist revolutionary forces still have illusions about uniting with the CPI(M) led forces for fighting electoral struggles. Fighting such illusions, the revolutionary forces give primary emphasis for developing people’s struggles against all manifestations of corporate fascism like the Bhangar movement, and build mass political platform of struggling left and democratic forces to fight parliamentary struggles as complementary to them. The results of the elections in these states of Northeast, especially Tripura, underline the correctness of this stand. 
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