"The Left Front is exploring a secular alternative to both Congress and BJP for the forthcoming general elections," CPI-M MP Sitaram Yechury told reporters in Nagpur. (Agencies)
He said that the Left Front is looking towards alliance partners like Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, Deve Gowda's Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka, Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United (JD-U) in Bihar, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha, AIADMK in Tamil Nadu and other like-minded parties.
He said that CPI-M is against the policies of BJP and would oppose its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Yechury also ridiculed the saffron party’s idea to abolish income tax and to substitute it with a transaction tax.
Elaborating his point, Yechury said that nowhere in the world has income tax ever been abolished and if it is waived for the middle class, it would also have to be waived for the rich.
At a time even capitalist countries like France and United States have imposed taxes on the super rich, how could BJP propose to get rid of it.
On the emergence of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, Yechury said that the outfit is yet to make its stand clear on several issues like terror.
About AAP's demand that Delhi government should have control over Delhi Police, he said there is nothing new in it, since whoever is in power make such demands, but oppose it after losing out.
"The Left Front is exploring a secular alternative to both Congress and BJP for the forthcoming general elections," CPI-M MP Sitaram Yechury told reporters in Nagpur.