CPM's Sitaram Yechury meets MK Stalin, announces alliance with DMK for 2019 LS polls to save 'unity, integrity and harmony'

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday announced that his party will ally with DMK in Tamil Nadu for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

"We have decided today that in Tamil Nadu we will be with the DMK in the forthcoming elections. We are together on the issue of saving the unity, integrity and harmony of the people of India and the country's constitutional institutions," ANI quoted Yechury as saying.

Yechury made this announcement after meeting DMK president MK Stalin at the latter's residence in Chennai.

He said that more than the leaders' 'attitude', it was "people from the ground" who would 'push' them to save India, making them come together.

Responding to actor Rajinikanth's statement, virtually backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a 'strong' man electorally, Yechury referred to the earlier defeats of the late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2004 and his successor Manmohan Singh in 2014.

Asked about attempts being made by Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, N Chandrababu Naidu and Mamata Banerjee respectively, to cobble together anti-BJP fronts and if a 'mahagatbandhan' (mega alliance) would become a reality, he said "it will."

Political parties would be able to iron out their differences for this purpose, he said.

File image of CPM leader Sitaram Yechury. PTI

File image of CPM leader Sitaram Yechury. PTI

"More than the attitude of the leaders, it is the people from the ground who will push all the leaders to come together to save India. And it will happen," Yechury said.

He said it was important for all secular-minded parties who value Indian democracy, the Indian republic and unity of the people to come together in defense of the country, and on that basis, to create a better India.

"That is the objective that both Stalin and I share along with all other leaders... we have a common objective and this is going to be done along with all the other secular democratic forces in the country," he said.

"We are all together on this one issue of saving India today, saving Indian institutions, saving India's constitutional order, saving the unity, integrity and harmony of our people," Yechury added.

Asked if his party would be a part of an alliance whose constituents could be the Trinamool Congress or Congress, the veteran Communist leader said "alliances in India have and will always take place primarily at the state level first."

"Then on that basis, the national alliance will emerge," he said, adding "things happen only after elections" at the national level, indicating at the possibility of a post-poll arrangement.

The CPM leader had earlier also alleged that BJP was damaging and destroying the country's institutions.

"The role of top BJP leadership in damaging and destroying the country's institutions is unparalleled in India's history. This is needed to further the RSS's unconstitutional agenda. Their nefarious designs have to be, and will be defeated," Yechury had tweeted.

"That the CBI is particularly under the spotlight should not surprise us. After all, it was the agency investigating the BJP party president for a very serious charge. No prizes for guessing how and why his name was 'cleared' under a dark cloud," he had alleged.

Yechury had alleged that a number of "compromised officials" with dubious records were inducted into top agencies in the past four years.

He had claimed it was not just due to poor governance "but due to a malafide intention to target political opposition and save their own under investigation".

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 14, 2018 10:24:20 IST

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