A quick reaction to the results of the Greece parliament elections where the Left won an unprecedented amount of support from an electorate tired with measures of austerity enacted by the traditional dominant right wing and centrist parties.
General Secretary of the CPI(M), Prakash Karat answers a wide range of questions related to the ongoing assembly elections in various states in the country. Excerpts and link to original piece.
With less than a week to go for the state assembly polls, there is a renewed surge in favour of the LDF in Kerala. This is indicated not just by the poor turn out at rallies addressed by Sonia Gandhi and A K Antony or the rousing reception LDF campaigners, especially the irrepressible Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan is receiving across the state but by the conspicuous shift in the attitude of sections who had voted against the Left in the last Lok Sabha and Local bodies polls. The realization of the far reaching national and international political implications of a UDF return to power in the state is driving an unexpected late rally by the Left. Whatever may be the outcome of the elections, this political recovery is inspiring for the progressive forces in the state and outside.
After months of petty mindedness, crass oneupmanship and the impossibility of forming a national consensus government, a Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist) leader has been elected to the role of prime ministership in Nepal in a two round process. UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal was supported by the Maoists in his bid to become the premier, marking an end to a tortuous process of electing a new prime minister after UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned as part of a three point formula worked out to extend the deadline for writing the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly. In many ways, a UML leader has been re-elected to power, but with a difference.
Prabir Purkayastha contrasts the results to two recent elections - the presidential elections in Brazil and the Congressional polls in the United States. Article, courtesy Newsclick India.
By whatever metric adopted - comparison with the previous election results, or with the Lok Sabha results, the verdict from the Bengal civic elections is resoundingly clear. There is a collective fatigue among the people of West Bengal with Left Front rule in the state and even if the total voting population in these set of elections were only about 17% of the overall, the message is all too quite clear.
Dhananjay Tripathi, former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union writes about the impasse that has resulted in no elections to the JNUSU for the past two years in the university. His plea- "There is need from the part of the government to look into matter of JNUSU elections and to save it from being ruined. It is imperative that the student community of JNU should also explore all the possibilities to re-conduct their elections according to the JNUSU constitution without further delay". An article that details the controversy over the Lyngdoh Committee Recommendations and the JNUSU elections can be found here (subscription required).
The CPI (M) calls upon the Indian people to vote for strengthening the Left and Democratic forces and for an alternative secular Government at the Centre.
Ed: Marking a change from 19 years of right wing rule, the FMLN candidate Mauricio Funes has won the presidential elections in El Salvador. The right wing candidate accepted defeat. We are placing this article as the lead as it expresses the mood in El Salvador (before elections) eloquently.
“An historical event is underway in El Salvador. For the first time, a government especially dedicated to the popular sectors is possible. The current government, subjected to the interests of small groups, has shown their inability to lead the country for the common good. A new government is born precisely of the hope of citizens to break the pattern and install a government that will be at the service of the entire Salvadoran population.” - Programa de Gobierno - Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front.