Daya Varma


In a further blow to the history of the Indian communist movement, Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the  Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPM] found identity between the programs of the recently formed AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) and the Communist Party.


AAP was formed a few months ago on the populist promise of forming a corruption-free government in the state of Delhi. It won 28 of the 70 Assembly seats and formed the minority government with the support of the Congress Party. Thus AAP promised an efficient clean functioning government to Indian and international capital. At no point did AAP raise the issue of mass poverty in India and the plunder by national and international big capital.


Perhaps this is also the policy of CPM but certainly was never the program of the Indian communist movement. Ironically, while Karat looks forward to an alliance with AAP in his cherished dream of a non-Congress, non-BJP (Bhartiya Janata Party), AAP has accused CPM of corrupt practices.


It is surprising that there is no rebellion against Karat’s leadership within CPM. We can wait for comments by the original CPI to this new line of Karat.

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