New Delhi: Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat has ruled out any possibility of his party supporting a Congress-led government at the Centre. Speaking to CNN-IBN National Bureau Chief Bhupendra Chaubey, the CPI(M) leader said there was a high possibility that a Third Front would be formed ahead of the next Lok Sabha elections.
Here is the transcript of an excerpt from the interview:
Bhupendra Chaubey: In the light of what one is witnessing in terms of the positions taken by the regional parties like Samajdwadi Party, the Janata Dal (United), do you believe it's time for the Third Front to once again emerge in Indian politics?
Prakash Karat: I would not put it exactly in that way but I think that in the run up to the general elections next year, the non-Congress, non-BJP parties are making headway. There is a good possibility of post-poll combinations which may be an alternate government to the Congress and the BJP.
Bhupendra Chaubey: Would you believe that it is possible for these non-Congress, non-BJP parties, you're talking about to come on one platform?
Prakash Karat: It is not easy but possible and some parties have left UPA. I don't think the NDA or UPA in the present shape will remain as it is. So, in the post-election scenario it's possible that some will get together.
Bhupendra Chaubey: Is there some possibility of the Left parties working out some kind of post-poll alliance with the Congress?
Prakash Karat: We are committed to fighting both the Congress and the BJP in the coming election and we would like to see a non-Congress secular government in office.
Bhupendra Chaubey: Let me split that statement. If you had to make a choice between a non-Congress government and a secular government which may or may not be Congress-led, which would you support?
Prakash Karat: If it's Congress-led or BJP-led government, we will not in anyway support it.
Bhupendra Chaubey: There is no way you will support any Congress formation in future?
Prakash Karat: Congress-led government we cannot support.