Country needs third alternative, says Karat

The CPI(M) will highlight the success story of Tripura in achieving development and peace in its efforts at unifying secular and democratic forces, Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said on Sunday.

“Tripura would be an example to secular and democratic parties of how progress can be achieved against all odds,” he told a public rally attended by the party brass at the end of a three-day maiden central committee meeting here.

General secretary Prakash Karat reiterated that the country needed a third alternative to replace the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.

“There are many parties that want to create an alternative to the anti-people Congress and communal BJP. We would work towards uniting them on one platform to save the country from destructive forces,” he said.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said a third alternative was very much possible.

West Bengal leader Biman Bose listed the “atrocities” perpetrated by the ruling Trinamool Congress against the party’s rank and file in the State.

Veteran leader S.R. Pillai presided.

The rally observed a minute’s silence in memory of South African leader Nelson Mandela.