CPM vows to go all out to form secular govt at Centre

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 28 2009, 05:38am hrs
Keeping the door ajar for the new RJD, LJP, SP bloc to join the Third Front, the CPI(M) on Friday said it would do everything to form an alternative secular government at the Centre after the elections.

After the elections, we will do everything necessary to form a secular government at the Centre. The new government has to be an alternative secular government and not like this one (UPA), CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat told reporters here.

Responding to questions on Thursdays development which saw the RJD, LJP and SP come together to form an alliance, Karat said that it was a positive indication. We have been appealing for the past six months to all non-Congress, non-BJP parties to join us. ... Some have come and some may join later.

The CPI(M) general secretary said it was very evident that the three parties had got together to fight the Congress and BJP.

The Congress had announced the demise of the UPA in January itself. So these are logical conclusions.

The two UPA constituents and an ally of the Congress had on Thursday decided to form a secular alliance and contest 120 seats in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar unitedly. The Third Front or the alternative front now has in its fold the four Left parties, AIADMK, BJD, JD(S), TDP, PMK and TRS.