INTERVIEW | Not easy for BJP to occupy Congress space in Kerala: MV Govindan

Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Coming to power for a second consecutive term on a pro-incumbent wave in the state, the CPM-led Left Democratic Front is pinning high hopes on Lok Sabha polls in 2024. In a conversation with TNIE a day After taking the reins of the party, CPM Secretary of State MV Govindan said the left, with its uncompromising approach to communalism coupled with development initiatives, was able to offer an alternative.

When Kodiyeri took office as Secretary of State, there were factional issues within the CPM. What are the major challenges that the party and its new secretary now face?
There are no more internal party problems now that the party is united. Currently, there is no threat to the left front. It’s an expanded force and it’s growing stronger as a united coalition. However, what poses a major challenge to the party and the LDF is communalism and related issues. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections are going to be a major hurdle. In Indian politics today, Kerala is a state where the left can get a favorable verdict. Therefore, there must be a political scenario that favors the left.

Last time, voters believed that only Congress could be an alternative to BJP, especially with Rahul’s candidacy. This mindset has completely changed now. Congress is fighting for its own survival. They have no national leadership. He cannot come up with a national alternative to counter the BJP. On the other hand, the BJP has attempted to buy MPs to overthrow state governments led by opposition parties.

Will such a scenario happen in Kerala?
No. Here the left is on a strong wicket, and things won’t be easy for the BJP. For the BJP, the CPM is the main enemy in Kerala. Attacking Congress will not be a major challenge for them. As for the CPM, we will continue to deal with people’s issues and at the same time we will not compromise with the BJP. The left presented a national alternative. The leftist government will address the problems faced by 29 lakh job seekers over the next four years and hopes to provide jobs to at least 20 lakh.

Will it be easy for the BJP to occupy the opposition space now held by Congress?
They will not be able to. For the Congress and the UDF, minorities constitute an important part of the voters. The RSS ideology is opposed to three great ladies: Muslims, missionaries and Marxism. This was pointed out even by Golwalkar. Therefore, the BJP will not be able to easily occupy this space. As for the Congress, it only proclaims secularism in Kerala. It is the secular posture of the CPM which obliges it to do so.

Amid the challenges facing the left in the current assembly session, is the governor paving the way for the government?
The Constitution has clearly defined the role and powers of governors. I hope that the current problems can be addressed and resolved through legal and constitutional measures. Constitutionally flawed measures will be criticized.

The governor has expressed reservations about signing the legislations. Will this lead to a crisis?
New legislation is introduced taking these factors into account. The governor can only act in accordance with the legal and constitutional framework. Anything said outside (by him) cannot be implemented, according to the constitution. Sangh Parivar and RSS want to do away with the Constitution. Unfortunately, many constitutional institutions have been brought under the control of the RSS.

Recently, the state CPM committee made suggestions to improve government performance. How do you rate a government of which you are also a part?
According to the party’s assessment, the government has functioned effectively. According to its ideological positioning, the left has always evolved by constantly reforming itself. Ideological battles and debates are part of this reform process. Ministers will also be equipped for the same. As part of the correctional process, the necessary measures will be taken.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Coming to power for a second consecutive term on a pro-incumbent wave in the state, the CPM-led Left Democratic Front has high hopes on Lok Sabha polls in 2024. In a conversation with TNIE a day After taking the reins of the party, CPM Secretary of State MV Govindan said the left, with its uncompromising approach to communalism coupled with development initiatives, was able to offer an alternative. When Kodiyeri took office as Secretary of State, there were factional issues within the CPM. What are the major challenges that the party and its new secretary now face? There are no more internal party problems now that the party is united. Currently, there is no threat to the left front. It’s an expanded force and it’s growing stronger as a united coalition. However, what poses a major challenge to the party and the LDF is communalism and related issues. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections are going to be a major hurdle. In Indian politics today, Kerala is a state where the left can get a favorable verdict. Therefore, there must be a political scenario that favors the left. Last time, voters believed that only Congress could be an alternative to BJP, especially with Rahul’s candidacy. This mindset has completely changed now. Congress is fighting for its own survival. They have no national leadership. He cannot come up with a national alternative to counter the BJP. On the other hand, the BJP has attempted to buy MPs to overthrow state governments led by opposition parties. Will such a scenario happen in Kerala? No. Here the left is on a strong wicket, and things won’t be easy for the BJP. For the BJP, the CPM is the main enemy in Kerala. Attacking Congress will not be a major challenge for them. As for the CPM, we will continue to deal with people’s issues and at the same time we will not compromise with the BJP. The left presented a national alternative. The leftist government will address the problems faced by 29 lakh job seekers over the next four years and hopes to provide jobs to at least 20 lakh. Will it be easy for the BJP to occupy the opposition space now held by Congress? They will not be able to. For the Congress and the UDF, minorities constitute an important part of the voters. The RSS ideology is opposed to three great ladies: Muslims, missionaries and Marxism. This was pointed out even by Golwalkar. Therefore, the BJP will not be able to easily occupy this space. As for the Congress, it only proclaims secularism in Kerala. It is the secular posture of the CPM which obliges it to do so. Amid the challenges facing the left in the current assembly session, is the governor paving the way for the government? The Constitution has clearly defined the role and powers of governors. I hope that the current problems can be addressed and resolved through legal and constitutional measures. Constitutionally flawed measures will be criticized. The governor has expressed reservations about signing the legislations. Will this lead to a crisis? New legislation is introduced taking these factors into account. The governor can only act in accordance with the legal and constitutional framework. Anything said outside (by him) cannot be implemented, according to the constitution. Sangh Parivar and RSS want to do away with the Constitution. Unfortunately, many constitutional institutions have been brought under the control of the RSS. Recently, the state CPM committee made suggestions to improve government performance. How do you rate a government of which you are also a part? According to the party’s assessment, the government has functioned effectively. According to its ideological positioning, the left has always evolved by constantly reforming itself. Ideological battles and debates are part of this reform process. Ministers will also be equipped for the same. As part of the correctional process, the necessary measures will be taken.

About Michael S. Montanez

Check Also

Republicans in Congress introduce bill to restrict abortion nationwide

WASHINGTON — Republican members of the House and Senate on Tuesday introduced a bill banning …