NEW DELHI, May 16 (Xinhua) -- After admitting that they had a "major setback", the Left Front of India Saturday called for a "serious examination" and announced that they would sit in the opposition.
A supporter of Congress party carry party flags as he celebrates in front of the residence of party chief Sonia Gandhi after learning of initial poll results in New Delhi May 16, 2009. India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Congress-led coalition appeared to be heading for a second term after a clear victory in the general election, TV networks projected as votes were counted on Saturday.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
"The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the
Left parties have suffered a major setback in these elections. This necessitates
a serious examination of the reasons for the Party's poor performance," CPI-M
general secretary Prakash Karat said.
The Left Front is likely to get below 25 seats in the
543-seat Lok Sabha, or lower house of parliament.
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA)
has won a near landslide victory in the general elections by grasping more than
The CPI-M politburo is likely to meet in New Delhi to
discuss the reasons behind the bad performance of the Left, particularly in its
traditional strongholds -- West Bengal and Kerala.
Communist Party of India (CPI) was equally stunned at
the results. CPI-M General Secretary A. B. Bardhan said the party had always
been in opposition and would continue there.
"Our expectations have not been fulfilled, we admit.
Congress is in a position to form government. Let it form. We will sit in the
opposition," Bardhan said.
He said the Left parties would meet on Sunday to draw
future course of action and the four parties -- Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), All
India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Biju Janata Dal(BJD) and Telugu
Desam Party (TDP) -- would hold meetings of their own to "review our (Third
"Congress does not need our support. Now we will sit
in opposition and fight for the cause of the poor," Bardhan further said.
Karat said the CPI-M will continue its cooperation
with the non-Congress, non-BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) secular parties.
"The CPI-M assures all those who have reposed faith
in the party that we will continue to champion the interests of the working
people, national sovereignty and secularism," Karat said.
India's Congress surging to landslide victory
NEW DELHI, May 16 (Xinhua) -- India's Congress party on Saturday won an almost overwhelming victory in the general elections, leading by more than 60 seats in beating the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), TV projections said.
The projections, based on counting of electronic machines of the Election Commission, said the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has won 230 seats out of 525 seats counted so far. The BJP won 160 and Third Force 73. Eighteen seats are still being counted. Full story