27 September, 2020

'We're Talking To TDP And SP About The Third Alternative'

The CPI(M) general secretary charts out his party's plans for the next two years and explains its concept of a 'third alternative'.

T Narayan
'We're Talking To TDP And SP About The Third Alternative'
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The next general elections may be in 2009. But for the CPI(M) the countdown has already begun. In this wide-ranging interview to Smita Gupta, general secretary Prakash Karat charts out his party's plans for the next two years and explains its concept of a 'third alternative'. He also elaborates on the Left's position on the presidential and vice-presidential elections as well as recent political events in West Bengal and Kerala. Karat maintains that the Left is committed to Pratibha Patil, the UPA's presidential nominee, and that it is hopeful of finding a vice-presidential candidate suitable to both the UPA and the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA). Excerpts:

When the UPA leaders jointly expressed their support for Pratibha Patil, the Left leaders were absent even though they had signed the joint statement. Are you distancing yourself from the UPA's presidential choice?

Pratibha Patil is the UPA nominee supported by the Left and the BSP. She is not the UPA-Left nominee. Even before the controversy, she was the UPA nominee supported by the Left....
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