Cong not main player, regional adjustments needed in elections: Yechury

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NEW DELHI: Congress is not the main player in many states and regional adjustments, based on ground realities, have to be worked out during elections in which there can be no “macro-level” understanding, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has said.

“The diversity of our country reflects in everything, including politics. Now, SP and BSP get together in Uttar Pradesh. Neither the Left nor the Congress is of any consequence (there). The same thing happened in Arariya (in Bihar),” he told PTI in an interview after being re-elected to the post at the CPI(M)’s Congress.

To questions about putting up a joint fight against the BJP, he said in several states, the Congress is “not the main player”.

“That is why every front or (political) formation in India takes place only after elections. There will be regional adjustments. There will be regional-level understandings. It cannot be a macro-level understanding. Political leaders also should realise this”, he said.

Yechury, who was re-elected CPI(M) general secretary for another three-year term, had been targeted by a section of his party for his “minority view” on having an understanding with all secular democratic forces including the Congress to jointly take on BJP.

His political viewpoint was later adopted at the congress, the highest decision-making body of the party, as its officially approved political line. He said, “What will be done during elections depends on ground realities… The central committee would then take a decision.”

“But the question of any front or alliance with the Congress had never been the case earlier and would not happen now too,” Yechury said.