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In the Eye of the Storm-The Left Chooses

In the Eye of the Storm The Left Chooses Aijaz Ahmad The elections of 1996 were held under three large shadows: (1) the new consensus among the Indian bourgeoisie to abandon an independent economic policy in favour of full integration with imperialist capital; (2) the programmatic communatism of the RSS-Sena combine; and (3) the pragmatic communalism of the Congress. The Left, led the CPI(M), waged a relentless struggle to bring about a 'non-BJP, non-Congress government'. The formation of the United Front, which Congress has been forced to support unconditionally, is the first materialisation of that project. However, Jyoti Basu turned down the request to become prime minister on the pleas that the CPI(M) would form a government only when it has a strong enough mandate to implement its own policies. This pincipled position has enhanced the stature of CPl(M) as it appears willing to guide the secular forces but refuses the ultimate charm of electoral politics: premiership.

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