PRAKASH KARAT

  • CPM stalwart Achuthanandan sticks to his stand, state unit refuses to blink 1 week ago

    Thiruvananthapuram: The situation in the Kerala unit of the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPM) remains bitter with party stalwart VS Achuthanandan and the party official faction remaining tough on their stands. In his press statement Achuthanandan said that he will not attend the party conference that is concluding at...
  • Kerala: VS Achuthandandan may quit CPM, LoP post February 21, 2015

    Alappuzha: Veteran CPM leader and former Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthandandan to quit party over severe criticism from the official faction led by his rival Pinarayi Vijayan at the party state level meet. Achuthandandan walked out of a meeting on Saturday morning. The faction had even brought out a document on...
  • Modi government a joint venture company with RSS, says Prakash Karat February 16, 2015

    Chennai: In a scathing attack on BJP, CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat on Monday dubbed the Modi government as "a joint venture company" with RSS and called for a united fight by "secular and democratic" forces against Sangh parivar outfits which "are bent on dividing people". "We have seen how the...
  • NDA government is working against toiling masses, says CPM February 14, 2015

    Rohtak: CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat on Saturday attacked the NDA government for "amending" Land Acquisition Act and hiking FDI in insurance sector through ordinance route, alleging that it was pro-corporate and anti-people. The CPI(M) appealed to the people to launch a decisive struggle to "overthrow" the BJP government at...
  • Delhi election results are a total reject of BJP: CPM February 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Terming Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) victory in the Delhi Assembly polls as "stupendous", CPI(M) on Wednesday said that the results are not only a "total" rejection of BJP but also the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The stupendous victory of AAP in the Delhi election is a...
  • Various opinions within party only natural: Yechury November 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Monday sought to brush aside differences with the official political-tactical line moved by General Secretary Prakash Karat, saying such things were "natural" in a democratic party. "It's only natural and a party with a vibrant inner party democracy like ours, that various opinions...
  • Karat downplays rift within CPM, says no differences with Yechury October 29, 2014

    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 October 27, 2014

    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 October 27, 2014

    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 October 26, 2014

    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...