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‘No viable political forum for people’

CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat at ameet-the-press programme in Bangalore on Wednesday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat at ameet-the-press programme in Bangalore on Wednesday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat on Wednesday said the party was attempting to get some legislators elected to the Karnataka Assembly to project alternative policies to those of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress.

Speaking at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Bangalore Reporters’ Guild and the Press Club of Bangalore here, Mr. Karat said unfortunately there was no viable political forum available for the people of the State.

Both the BJP in Karnataka and the Congress at the Centre had indulged in the looting of mineral resources. The BJP government’s formation in Karnataka itself was a tainted one as everyone knows how the government was formed, and the last five years have been a disgrace. Mr. Karat said, “The government has had a scandalous record in corruption for allowing the looting of mineral resources and permitting people in mineral mafia to be Ministers.”

Tour notes

He said during his last two days of touring Karnataka, he gathered that the people in the State are determined to ensure BJP does not return to power. On the other hand, the alternative available to them — the Congress — has primarily been responsible for corruption and misrule at the national-level, he said. The Left, he said, is striving to elect those who can break away from the existing policy and form people-friendly policies in Karnataka. While the CPI(M) is contesting 16 seats, Left parties together are contesting about 30 seats, he said.

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