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Updated: March 29, 2014 20:42 IST
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No rule prevents CPI(M) from joining a government at Centre: Karat

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CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat during an interview in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Monica Tiwari.
The Hindu CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat during an interview in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Monica Tiwari.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat on Saturday maintained that there was no “hard and fast rule'' against the party joining a government at the Centre but participation would depend on the need of the hour and the specific situation facing the country.

The party has in the past given outside support to four coalition governments at the Centre — Janata Party, National Front, United Front and United Progressive Alliance – but has never joined in any of the ministries. The party has been averse to the idea of joining any government unless it had the numbers to influence policies.

The CPI(M) had turned down an opportunity to have Jyoti Basu as premier in 1996; a decision later described by the then West Bengal Chief Minister as a “historic blunder''. The CPI, on the other hand, joined the United Front Government in 1996.

In an interview with The Hindu, Mr. Karat's reply to a question on whether the CPI(M) would join a non-Congress non-BJP government was: “It depends. It's no use going into a hypothetical situation right now. It will all depend on the results and the performance of all the non-Congress non-BJP parties. What sort of an alternative we can present, how coherent it will be, whether we can arrive at a common understanding for a common programme.''

All this, Mr. Karat added, would be factored in. “On that basis, our party can take a decision. We have no hard and fast rule on this; it depends on the need and specific situation.''

Though the issue of Left joining a future government, according to former CPI general secretary A. B. Bardhan, has not been discussed among the Left parties in the recent past, the veteran Communist insisted that “dogmatic positions'' like the one held by the CPI(M) in the past “cannot be carried over to the next elections''. However, he pointed out that this was a hypothetical question and the issue of whether or not to participate in a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative government at the Centre would be decided only when the situation arose.

Sir, What is the situation there to forecast. Left parties have nothing to support any
government as there are mushroom parties emerged and the voter is confused to
which party he has to vote.
If the voter has seen through the game plan of these selfish parties,promising
heaven at election times, forgetting them afterwards ,making themselves fat, he
should introspect himself,make no mistake in voting the unworthy,and elect only
honest, simple and service minded candidates.Not caste or religion should be
seen.this is a revival of true democracy by the civilians.youth should take part in
voting and reverse the trend of mobocracy.then only we can find a change in the
ruling pattern or leaders..

from:  kvl shanta
Posted on: Mar 30, 2014 at 07:58 IST

There is one hard and fast rule for the communists to join the government and that is to win a reasonable number of seats.

In my view communists were a failure in the democratic governance process, but are good in writing opinions for newspaper and other such things...maybe they can concentrate on this post elections...:)

from:  praveen nair
Posted on: Mar 30, 2014 at 00:09 IST

Marxists are popular for their historic blunders. In 1962 war with China, their role was allegedly anti-national and top leaders were
detained under Defence Of India Rules. The credit for having helped
UPA government on crucial occasions belongs to Marxists. That is why
they lost political identity and now their national party recognition
is at stake.

from:  kns
Posted on: Mar 29, 2014 at 23:26 IST
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