ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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ELECTIONS-Combining Electoral and Mass Politics

Combining Electoral and Mass Politics WITH the entry of the Indian People's Front (IPF) into the electoral sphere in 1985, the progressive reconciliation of electoral politics with mass activity has led to increasing complexity of the Front's tactical and strategic calculations. Though for the IPF the mobilisation of landless labourers and marginal farmers remains the primary objective, it obviously takes seriously the task of placing parliamentary politics at the service of class struggle- For instance, the official document adopted at the special all-India conference of the CPI(ML) a few months after the last general elections clearly stated: "Members of the parliamentary wing should interact with other left parties and strive to develop a left bloc within the parliament/assembly'', While entry into the electoral arena is dictated by the need to protect the gains made by the mass front, alliance with other left parties is unavoidable if the rise of hostile forces is to be halted at least in those areas where the IPF has a significant presence.

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