21 June, 2021

‘We Are Going To Fight Both The Congress And The BJP’

The general secretary of the CPI (M) hints at a larger Left alliance

‘We Are Going To Fight Both The Congress And The BJP’

Pre-poll surveys have predicted no clear majority for either the UPA or NDA in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Therefore, the possibility of a third or an alternative front assumes importance. Declaring both—the BJP and the Congress—as enemies, Prakash Karat, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), is however clear that the UPA government has to go. Speaking to Panini Anand, he hints at a larger Left alliance, especially in states like Bihar. Excerpts.

What is your assessment of the pol­itical situation? Who’ll form the gov­­­e­rnment in 2014, NDA or UPA-III?

The situation is marked by a steady decline in the influence of and support for the Congress, given the UPA’s record of misrule. The relentless price rise, corruption and total disregard for the people will cost it heavily. But the anti-Congress mood is not going to result in major gains for the BJP. At the most, it will strengthen itself in its traditionally strong...

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