New Delhi, March 24: In a bid to unseat the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, CPM’s former general secretary Prakash Karat said that his party has decided to back even Congress to pool maximum anti-BJP votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In party’s mouthpiece People’s Democracy, Karat wrote an editorial titled ‘Uttar Pradesh Portents’ wherein he had said,”The UP by-elections provide important lessons for the future in terms of election tactics to defeat the BJP. If the major non-BJP parties unite, then the smaller parties and forces can extend support to them.”
However, earlier this year, in its draft political resolution, the CPM had ruled out any electoral alliance with the Congress party but Karat’s editorial seems to open the doors to a likely realignment of anti-BJP forces. He has emphasised that there is a need to ensure a pooling of anti-BJP votes, state-wise.
The party leadership on the other hand, also indicated that the CPM is no longer interested in forging a‘ third front” He said,”Some of the regional parties like DMK and RJD are with Congress in their respective states. Further, there are many contradictions among the regional parties in terms of policies and regional interests which will prevent all the regional parties coming together.”
Before, Karat, Kerala CPM secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in a public address, has made the same assertions about backing Congress— CPM’s arch rivals in the state.