PRAKASH KARAT

  • Karat downplays rift within CPM, says no differences with Yechury 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Amidst widespread reports of a rift within the CPM, party General Secretary Prakash Karat on Wednesday came out in the open and termed any fissures as merely a speculation by the media. "Media reports of dissent within the politburo are wrong. Differing opinions are regularly expressed by members in...
  • Battle for succession deepens as CPM introspects on its way forward 4 days ago

    New Delhi: At day two of the central committee meeting on Monday, differences within the CPM's top leaders Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury were out in the open. The party which faces an existential crisis after being reduced to just 9 seats in the Lok Sabha polls has its two...
  • Divide within CPM, Yechury's report blames party's leadership for decline 4 days ago

    New Delhi: After a drubbing in recent elections, more voices of dissent are growing within the Left Front as CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Sunday submitted a report to the party's politburo saying that the party's leadership has failed as the party has lost its bastions in the last few...
  • Sitaram Yechury submits report on decline of CPM in India, implicitly blames Prakash Karat 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Sitaram Yechury on Sunday submitted a report on the reason for the decline of Communist Party of India (Marxist) in India, that goes against the present General Secretary Prakash Karat's report. According to sources, Yechury has not named Karat but has said that the implementation of the tactical...
  • RSS's Hindutva claim a challenge to secular India: CPM August 20, 2014

    Chennai: The claim of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat that India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva its identity is a "challenge" to the concept of secular India, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said on Wednesday. "RSS head Mohan Bhagwat has repeated his claim time and again. It is a basic...
  • All issues will be discussed within the party: Prakash Karat June 3, 2014

    Amidst a strong demand within the party for leadership change in the wake of its electoral rout, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat on Tuesday said the questions raised over the party's political line will be discussed in its next Central Committee meeting. He, however, noted that any decision taken in haste...
  • Efforts for Third Front to take place after polls: Karat May 10, 2014

    CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat on Saturday said efforts to present a nonCongress and nonBJP secular alternative to the people of the country will be made after the results of the Lok Sabha elections. "There is an antiCongress wave in the country but it is not a Modi wave. Where there...
  • BJP, RSS polarizing voters in UP, Bihar: Prakash Karat May 3, 2014

    CPI(M) on Saturday charged BJP and Sangh Parivar with creating a "highly communallycharged" situation in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar through their electioneering and this was not being taken seriously by the Election Commission. "These are the most highly communallycharged elections. In UP and Bihar, such a campaign was unleashed in the...
  • CPIM seeks EC's 'strong intervention' to check rigging by TMC May 2, 2014

    New Delhi: CPI(M) today sought "strong intervention" by the Election Commission to prevent alleged rigging by the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal in the last two phases of polls, saying such steps by the ruling party in the state showed they were not confident of victory. "We are confident of improving...
  • A Billion Votes: Should politicians personal lives be subject of political debate? May 1, 2014

    Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh has tweeted that he is in a relationship with a journalist Amrita Rai. In a tweet he said, "I have no hesitation in accepting my relationship with Amrita Rai. She and her husband have already filed a mutual consent divorce case." ...
  • Decision on Third Front after elections, says CPM chief Karat May 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Communist Party of IndiaMarxist General Secretary Prakash Karat feels that the Third Front is still possible. Speaking to CNNIBN, Karat expressed the hope that the Third Front would form the next government. He said, "Mulayam Singh Yadav could lead the Third front. The Congress should decide on supporting the...
  • Third Front will form next govt, says Prakash Karat April 20, 2014

    CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat on Sunday claimed there is a strong "anti-Congress wave" in the country which would benefit the Third Front and not the BJP. "Forget that the country will have a Congress government this time," he told reporters here. When asked if they would seek the support of the Congress in forming the government,...
  • Pro-working class alternative need of hour, says Karat April 14, 2014

    Coimbatore: Debunking the Gujarat model of development propagated by its Chief Minister Narendra Modi, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat on Monday said a strong and secular government with pro-working class alternative policies should come to power at the Centre. "The Gujarat model of growth only propagates the idea of...
  • Hindutva agenda intact in BJP manifesto: Prakash Karat April 7, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said that the Hindutva agendas remain intact in the BJP manifesto, like building the Ram Temple, implementation of uniform civil code and Article 370. The selection of Narendra Modi's s seat from Varanasi shows that the Hindutva agenda is in the forefront as...
  • Tharoor needs sweat equity for being in politics: Karat April 7, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: CPM general secretary Prakash Karat has attacked union minister and Congress candidate from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor. "Thiruvananthapuram has a dubious distinction of having a minister. Dubious because after getting elected, he (Tharoor) was made a minister. But after 11 months, the PM asked him to resign due to impropriety...
  • Modi in Varanasi: Spearhead of Hindutva March 28, 2014

    Narendra Modi is contesting from Varanasi for the Lok Sabha election. This step is laden with an ominous political message. The BJP and the RSS are signaling that aggressive Hindutva will underpin the election campaign. Though the BJP has officially not given any reason for Modi contesting from Varanasi, it...
  • CPM hopeful of non-Congress, non-BJP government, says Prakash Karat March 20, 2014

    CPM on Thursday exuded confidence that Left and regional parties would pool in their respective strengths after the upcoming general elections in their bid to form a non-Congress, anti-BJP government. "We (Left and regional parties) have earlier decided to fight both Congress and BJP. We are going together...We are working to...
  • Don't sign ordinances, CPI-M tells president March 2, 2014

    The CPI-M on Sunday urged President Pranab Mukherjee not to approve a clutch of bills which it said the cabinet might turn into ordinances for politically vested reasons. "The union cabinet is considering a clutch of bills which were not taken up in parliament during the recently concluded session," CPI-M general...
  • CPI-M releases first list of 24 candidates for LS polls March 2, 2014

    CPI(M) on Sunday released the first list of candidates for 24 Lok Sabha seats spread across in 12 states and a Union Territory. A press release said, the party has fielded Uddhab Barman from Barpeta, Khemraj Chetry from Tejpur and Rejamond Ali from Silchar in Assam. Singhjibhai Katara would contest from Dohad...
  • CPM opposes ordinance route for anti-graft bills, writes to President March 2, 2014

    New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Sunday urged President Pranab Mukherjee not to approve a clutch of bills which it said the cabinet might turn into ordinances for politically vested reasons. "The union cabinet is considering a clutch of bills which were not taken up in parliament...
  • Need to ensure representation of Left at government in Centre: Karat February 27, 2014

    Kozhikode: CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat on Wednesday emphasised the need to ensure adequate representation of Left parties at a government at the Centre to bring in alternative people-friendly policies. "CPI(M), with the cooperation of 11 other parties, has already issued a joint declaration at Delhi for a strong alternative to...
  • Third Front - The Emerging Alternative February 26, 2014

    (The article is written by General Secretary of the CPI (M) Prakash Karat. Views expressed here are personal. The article was first published in CPI (M) mouthpiece 'People's Democracy') As the Lok Sabha elections draw near, it has become clear that the electoral battle will be between not two but...
  • Would a Third Front government spell doom for India? February 25, 2014

    A non-Congress and non-BJP alternative is back ahead of the general elections. Leaders of at least 11 political parties on Tuesday resolved to fight the Lok Sabha elections unitedly against Congress and the BJP with CPIM General Secretary Prakash Karat, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish...
  • Third Front takes shape yet again but sustainability questionable February 25, 2014

    New Delhi: A non-Congress and non-BJP alternative is back ahead of the general elections. Leaders of at least 11 political parties on Tuesday resolved to fight the Lok Sabha elections unitedly against Congress and the BJP with CPIM General Secretary Prakash Karat, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh and Bihar Chief...
  • Jagan Reddy campaigns aggressively for united Andhra, meets CPM's Karat February 16, 2014

    New Delhi: YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy is aggressively looking for support against Telangana. After meeting BJP President Rajnath Singh earlier this week, Jagan on Sunday met CPI(M) chief Prakash Karat. The series of meetings comes in wake of the tabling of Telangana Bill in Lok Sabha. The House...
  • Parties with no representation in Parliament can join Third Front: Nitish Kumar February 11, 2014

    JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that parties which do not have any representation in the Parliament but are a force to reckon with, could also be a member of the bloc. "Parties which does not exist in Parliament but have strength outside Parliament can be...
  • Secular front efforts gain momentum; Nitish, Deve Gowda and Karat meet February 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst reports of a 14 partygroup forming a secular front ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is meeting former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief Deve Gowda and CPM general secretary Prakash Karat in Delhi on Monday. Emerging from the meeting, Nitish told...
  • Bringing Modi would encourage communalism, capitalism: Prakash Karat February 9, 2014

    Kolkata: Bringing Narendra Modi to power at the Centre and implementing his Gujarat model of development would only encourage capitalism and communalism, CPIM veteran Prakash Karat on Sunday said. Addressing a massive rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, Karat said in Modi's Gujarat only big business had gained, not...
  • All nonUPA and nonNDA parties must unite: Prakash Karat February 9, 2014

    Speaking at a left rally in Kolkata, Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat said that BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has spoken against the Third Front and called it 'third grade'. Karat said, "He is right as third grade is highest grade, he is still in...
  • LS pollscape: Tricky alliances in TN, upbeat Jaya, isolated Congress February 5, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's prime ministerial ambitions received a major boost with the CPI and the CPIM courting her over the last couple of days. While the Times of India says that the CPI has already decided on even the seat sharing, CPIM's Prakash Karat said that...