The CPI-M is working to defeat the BJP-AIADMK alliance in Tamil Nadu, its general secretary Sitaram Yechury told reporters in Coimbatore on Thursday.
Mr. Yechury accused the AIADMK government of actively supporting every measure in Parliament, including the Agriculture Bill and Industrial Policy. Tamil Nadu had a legacy of fighting for the rights of states and the principle of federalism. But the AIADMK government supported every move of the BJP, he said.
“We are working to defeat the BJP-AIADMK alliance. We will cooperate with all forces wishing to achieve this objective, ”he said. The party remained in the DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance and seat-sharing talks continued. When a journalist suggested that there was no visible anti-incumbency in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, he said that the ruling party would lose in Tamil Nadu, and the government in power in Kerala would retain power. Kerala adopted its own farm laws, dismissing the people of the Center. In Tamil Nadu, by contrast, the state government was supportive of laws passed by the Center. “AIADMK is seen as a secondary, junior partner of the BJP as a whole,” he said.
CPI (M) Politburo member G. Ramakrishnan said that barring one seat, the BJP-AIADMK alliance lost all others in the last parliamentary elections. He said that in two years there was more resentment among the people. Mr. Yechury said that petroleum prices are being increased on an almost daily basis. He accused the people of levying a tax to meet the publicity expenses of the Prime Minister and the BJP.
Economic policies were destroying the self-sufficiency of the country, which was the basis of the Indian economy. Last year around 150 million people lost their jobs or livelihood due to COVID-19 epidemic. However, the billionaires were actually making a bonanza profit. “All policies (of the central government) are being directed towards further enriching the Prime Minister's chosen cronies and everyone knows who they are,” he said.
Later, in a public meeting, Mr. Yechury said “this is a government for the rich of India”. There was a “mega plunder” of financial assets by the central government. It wanted to privatize public sector undertakings, banks, etc. For more than three months, the farmers were struggling against all three agricultural laws and wanted to repeal them. More than 300 farmers were killed. But this government was completely unresponsive to the demands, he said.
He said that there should be political courage to implement the options that revive the economy and MSMEs. Mr. Yechury later said at a public meeting in Tiruppur, “At one time the whole country was proud of Tiruppur, dominated by that cloth all over the world.” He alleged that the textile industry in Tiruppur has been adversely affected in the last six years under the BJP-led central government.