Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat on Wednesday said “the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, which had lost its credibility, would not be able to stop the Bharatiya Janata Party and its Prime Minister candidate Narendra Modi in the coming Lok Sabha election”.

Inaugurating the CPI(M) State plenum at the Town Hall here, Mr. Karat said only Left parties which had credibility could stop Mr. Modi with the support of secular and democratic forces.

He said the liberalisation policies pursued by the UPA government at the Centre had triggered price rise, unemployment, suicide by farmers, and corruption. Mr. Karat said the BJP was projecting itself as an alternative to the Congress. “The class nature and policies of the BJP are no different from that of the Congress. The BJP supported all liberalisation policies of the Congress,” he said.

The BJP decided to present Mr. Modi as its Prime Minister candidate as he had the support of both Indian and foreign capital. The corporates felt that Mr. Modi could serve them better than the Congress. So the corporate lobby had joined the bandwagon of Mr. Modi, the CPI(M) leader said.

He said the CPI(M) organised the plenum to overcome its organisational weaknesses and bring unity in the party.