Ab Bardhan

  • Left Front tottering but CPI's AB Bardhan confident of 32 LS seats March 16, 2014

    New Delhi: First, an embarrassing downfall of the 'Third Front' and now its own constituents are unraveling in West Bengal and Kerala. Even as a tottering Left Front tries to hold together ahead of polls, veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan is confident that the communists would be able to clinch...
  • Was a mistake to form a third front before elections: CPI's AB Bardhan March 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Former CPI general secretary AB Bardhan has admitted that it was a mistake for the Left front to attempt to forge a third front alliance before the polls. In conversation with Karan Thapar on this week's Devil's Advocate, he also said the embarrassment of its premature failure could...
  • AIADMK-CPI announce alliance for upcoming Lok Sabha elections February 2, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and CPI leader AB Bardhan on Sunday announced the AIADMK-CPI alliance for the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Earlier in January, J Jayalalithaa had announced a 'whirlwind' campaign to ensure AIADMK wins all 40 seats in the state. She had sought the support of...
  • CPI, CPI(M) want Naveen to take leadership of Third Front January 6, 2014

    The ruling BJD in Odisha on Thursday claimed that CPI and CPI(M) wanted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to take leadership of the proposed Third Front. "Two Left parties, CPI and CPI(M) want that Naveen Patnaik take leadership of the proposed Third Front after the general elections in 2014," BJD Vice-President and...
  • Regional parties unite for a secular front, attack Modi October 31, 2013

    New Delhi: The political churning ahead of the 2014 elections has begun with 14 regional parties led by the Left coming together on Wednesday in Delhi for exploring possibilities for the setting off talks of a possible third front once again. Jharkhand Vikas Morcha Leader Babu Lal Marandi, who attended...
  • RS polls: CPI denies plans for alliance with other parties June 15, 2013

    Chennai: CPI on Saturday said it does not have any plans for alliance with other political parties in Tamil Nadu for the June 27 Rajya Sabha biennial elections. "Till now there is no such alliance or any such thing. As AIADMK is contesting all five seats, they have expressed their inability...
  • Bardhan hits back at CPI(M) over remarks against his party May 19, 2013

    Hyderabad: Senior CPI leader AB Bardhan on Saturday took exception to some CPI (M) leaders' reported remarks over his party's policies and programmes. Noting that the CPI (M) leaders claimed that his party had no programme or policy, he said, "The CPI continued to work vibrantly on various burning issues...
  • BJP a communal party, can't be an alternative to UPA: CPI January 31, 2013

    Kolkata: Terming the change of guard in the Bharatiya Janata Party as a "virtual coup", Communist Party of India leader AB Bardhan on Thursday said that the projection of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the National Democratic Alliance's prime ministerial candidate would create severe repercussion as most of its...
  • Face Parliament despite disruptions, Left tells PM August 25, 2012

    New Delhi: The CPI on Saturday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to "face Parliament" and said the government must own up responsibility for the huge loss to the nation on the coal block allocation issue. "The Prime Minister must face Parliament especially when it is in session. Disruption does not mean...
  • PM speaks to Mamata over support for Pranab, Ansari July 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday night to garner support for Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari for the President and Vice President poll. He also called CPI leader AB Bardhan seeking his support. Both the parties...
  • Vice President polls: PM speaks to Mamata, Bardhan July 12, 2012

    Kolkata/New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday night stepped up efforts to drum up support for Hamid Ansari for a second tenure in the post of Vice President, elections to which are scheduled for August 7, as he spoke to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and CPI leader AB...
  • 'Third Front' will emerge, says Bardhan March 27, 2012

    Patna: CPI National General Secretary AB Bardhan on Tuesday claimed that a 'Third Front', as a viable alternative to the UPA and NDA, would emerge with like-minded Left parties and some pro-poor regional parties coming together. "The Left parties have been ideologically together even as some pro-poor regional parties will have...
  • Will take efforts to strengthen democratic unity: CPI March 25, 2012

    New Delhi: With CPI(M) focusing on Left unity, the CPI said on Sunday it would strive to strengthen Left and democratic unity in the country as both Congress and BJP want be in power by "default". The CPI would strive for a "militant" unity to struggle on issues concerning people's livelihood...
  • Akhilesh invites Left leaders for swearing-in March 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh chief minister-designate and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav is expected to meet senior Left Front leaders in New Delhi on Tuesday, adding to speculation of the formation of a Third Front. Akhilesh is scheduled to go to the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI(M)) office to invite party...
  • Israeli car attack: CPI condemns journalist's arrest March 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Arrest of a scribe in connection with the bombing of an Israeli diplomat's vehicle was condemned on Friday by CPI which alleged that there was no basis for Delhi Police to book him under such serious charges and the move was to please Israel only. Questioning the manner in...
  • No difference between Congress, BJP: CPI February 22, 2012

    Karimnagar: There is no difference between the Congress and BJP as both parties followed anti-people policies and were involved in massive corruption, CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan alleged on Tuesday. Some of the leaders of both Congress and BJP are either in jail or on bail, he charged, addressing a public...
  • CPI to launch movement for land, jobs, food January 6, 2012

    Hyderabad: The CPI's National Council on Friday resolved to build people's struggles on issues of land, jobs and food by joining hands with all democratic forces. "The main issues we have identified are land, unemployment, food and democratic rights. The main thrust of the resolution is that we should build these...
  • CPI fielding candidates in poll-bound states January 3, 2012

    Hyderabad: The Communist Party of India is fielding candidates in five states going to polls earlier this year, including Uttar Pradesh, having an understanding with Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist), besides some secular and democratic forces, the party's general secretary AB Bardhan said in...
  • Team Anna should listen to others also: CPI December 11, 2011

    CPI leader AB Bardhan on Sunday advised Team Anna to be flexible and listen to other voices as well. ...
  • Parties advise Anna to be flexible on Lokpal December 11, 2011

    New Delhi: Even as the Congress chose to stay away, the Left, the BJP and other parties spoke out their stand on the Lokpal Bill, sharing stage with anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar on Sunday. BJP's Arun Jaitley, CPI's D Raja and CPM's Brinda Karat arrived at the Jantar...
  • Left, LJP demand revocation of AFSPA from J&K November 17, 2011

    New Delhi: Demanding the repeal of Armed Force Special Power Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur, Left parties and LJP on Thursday said they will raise the issue of Kashmir in the coming Parliament session. At a press conference here, Left front leaders AB Bardhan (CPI), Prakash Karat (CPI-M),...
  • Lokpal not enough to check corruption: Left September 2, 2011

    New Delhi: Asserting that enactment of the Lokpal Bill is not enought to check graft, Left leaders on Friday said the country needs laws for poll and land reforms and tackling corruption by corporates. Addressing a protest rally, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat accused the UPA government of being the "most...
  • 'Need effective Lokpal Bill to tackle corruption' July 20, 2011

    New Delhi: Making a strong pitch for bringing the Prime Minister under the purview of the Lokpal, Left parties on Wednesday emphasised the need for tackling corruption at the higher level. The Left parties, as well as Civil Society members also stressed on the need to have a strong, effective and...
  • 'Ministers quit Cabinet like rats on sinking ship' July 9, 2011

    New Delhi: Hoping that Parliament's Monsoon session will be the "best session" for Opposition to corner the UPA, CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan on Saturday said some "wise" ministers are abandoning the Cabinet like "rats out of sinking ships" before investigators reach their doorsteps. He...
  • Lokpal Bill can't rid India of corruption: CPI June 23, 2011

    New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Thursday said that those who expect the Lokpal Bill to rid the country of corruption are "living in a fool's paradise" and asked civil society members if they had "touched" the source of corruption. "I agree with most of the points in...
  • UPA govt complicated Telangana issue: CPI June 15, 2011

    Hyderabad: Accusing the UPA government of complicating the Telangana issue, the CPI on Wednesday demanded that the Centre end the dispute by accepting the demand of separate Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital. "If anyone has complicated it, it is the UPA government, the government of Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram. What...
  • Ensure that Maran quits Cabinet: Bardhan to PM June 13, 2011

    Hyderabad: Stating that the continuance of Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran was "untenable", Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary AB Bardhan on Monday demanded that the Prime Minister ascertain that the former was made to quit his post. "Maran's continuance in the Union Cabinet is no longer justified. He must...
  • Leadership change in CPI next year: Bardhan May 25, 2011

    New Delhi: After the severe drubbing at the hustings in West Bengal, the CPI on Wednesday said it would witness leadership change at the party Congress next year. However, General Secretary AB Bardhan said the proposed change in leadership had "nothing to do" with the recent debacle suffered by the...
  • Left lost Bengal due to its arrogance: Bardhan May 15, 2011

    Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to Devil’s Advocate. How does the Left view its defeat in West Bengal and Kerala? That’s the key issue I shall explore today with the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India AB Bardhan. Mr Bardhan, the Left has lost both West Bengal and Kerala,...
  • Left lost Bengal due to its arrogance: Bardhan May 15, 2011

    In this episode, Karan Thapar discusses how does the Left view it’s defeat in West Bengal and Kerala with AB Bardhan. ...