CPI-M Expects A Non-Congress, Non-BJP Government

The CPI(M) today showed immense confidence and said that they were hopeful that Left and regional parties would pool in their strengths after in an effort to achieve their goal to form a non-Congress, non-BJP government.

“We (Left and regional parties) have earlier decided to fight both Congress and BJP. We are going together. We are working to maximise our strengths and seats in respective states or areas of strength. A concrete shape will emerge after the elections,” said the CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat at a press conference today. To a series of questions about the proposed front to be forged by the 11 regional and Left parties to make a Centre government, he said, “We will pool in our resources and strengths after the elections. That is going to happen.” Prakash was speaking to reporters after releasing the CPI(M)’s poll manifesto which was focused on strengthening the Left and also projecting a secular and a democratic alternative by “rejecting Congress and defeating BJP”.

When asked whether these parties would have electoral understanding or any kind of seat adjustments among themselves, he answered, “We said we are coming together (against Congress and BJP)… this is not predicated with our having any electoral understanding or an alliance (with regional parties).” Karat rejected the assertion that the walkout of the RSP’s Kerala unit from the Left Democratic Front in the state would have any kind of impact on the overall unity of Left. “Just because one state unit (of RSP) has defected, it doesn’t mean that RSP is not there. This unit has defected earlier too.” About the Prime ministerial candidate, he informed, “In principle, we are against a PM candidate. We are parties state-based parties.It is wrong to project any one leader.”

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