GUWAHATI, March 1 � Communist Party of India (CPI) all India general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy today urged the people to vote for a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance in the 16th Lok Sabha elections to ensure the country�s progress and inclusive growth.
Addressing the media here, the CPI leader strongly criticised the Congress and BJP for being pro-corporate and for compromising on the interest of the common people of the country.
He also said the AGP should shed the idea of aligning with the BJP and join the third alliance of the 11 political parties including CPI, CPM, JD(U), AIADMK, Samajwadi Party etc.
Taking on the ruling Congress he said that the two terms of UPA have brought immense sufferings to the people with slow economic growth favouring the rich, unprecedented price rise, increased unemployment, farmers� woes, livelihood issues for the downtrodden and law-and-order breakdown.
�Projecting itself as an alternative, the BJP is no different from Congress so far as pro-rich policies and corruption are concerned. To top it, they represent an ideology which spell divisiveness, disunity and would damage the communal harmony of the country,� he said.
On the Prime Ministerial candidate of the third front, Reddy said leader of that party getting majority, would be unanimously chosen as the leader of the alliance and there won't be any dispute over this matter.
�It is the policies, which decide the fate of a country like India. The BJP does not have policies but just a face to show. AGP being a secular regional party, should desist from joining BJP,� he mentioned.
�Though a common agenda of our alliance has not been prepared, we are determined to have democratic, secular federal and pro-people nature of policies,� he added.
Members of the third front have also decided to form some regional alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. CPI and CPM would join hands with JD(U) in Bihar, AIADMK in Tamil Nadu and a tie-up is also possible with the Punjab Peoples Party in Punjab.
Earlier, Reddy addressed a CPI rally at Rajgarh Bihutoli and explained the ideologies of the third front.
�We do not believe in organizing big mass rallies spending crores of rupees. Our members came spontaneously from different nook and corner of the State and took active part in the rally,� said CPI Assam State Council leader Dhrupad Bargohain.