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After May 16 we will think of supporting Cong: Karat

After May 16 we will think of supporting Cong: Karat

Author: Agencies
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: May 10, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/174994/After-May-16-we-will-think-of-supporting-Cong-Karat.html

CPM general secretary Prakash Karat on Saturday softened his stand and said his party will take a decision on supporting the Congress-led Government "after May 16".

"Let the elections be over first. Let the results come. After May 16 we will think," Karat told reporters during a brief meet at airport here.

Karat, who was here to campaign for CPM candidates, was specifically asked to comment on Congress courting support of the Left.

He had previously declined to support any Congress-led Government.

In the Devil's Advocate programme of CNN IBN, while asked whether the front would go with BJP or Congress if it did not get the required numbers, he ruled out going with BJP and said "nobody will have the numbers. It will be for Congress to take a decision whether they will facilitate the formation of a secular Government at the Centre."

He said "the Third Front is going to do well...We can match the Congress and BJP easily."

"We may be number one. Don't forget that the UPA has practically ceased to exist. So we are talking about Congress with very few allies. I think the struggle is between Congress and the remaining allies that it has and the non-Congress, non-BJP parties. BJP is not going to be in the reckoning," Karat said.

The Congress would have to decide what it would do if "they cannot form a Government with the numbers that they would have along with its allies" like Trinamool Congress, which he described as "very undependable".

Referring to Congress' statements wooing the Left for support, the CPI(M) General Secretary said "I am telling the Congress that you have to deal with this combination of 10-11 parties."

He also made it clear that the Left would take a decision on the post-poll situation along with its allies BJD, TDP, AIADMK and JD(S) and "not in isolation".

Asked if they would agree to support a Congress-led Government if all these parties wanted, he said "we will go with whatever this combination decides and we are confident that they will remain steadfast in having a non-Congress Government at the Centre."
To a question whether Left would support a combination where Congress remains a part but does not join Government, Karat said "the situation will be a reverse, that is, Congress will have to consider the prospects of a secular Government at the Centre."

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