Published On: Wed, Feb 26th, 2014


The grouping of 11 non-UPA, non-NDA parties will contest the coming Lok Sabha elections and ensure defeat of the Congress and the BJP, CPI-M leader Prakash Karat said here Tuesday.  11 parties, which include the Samajwadi Party, AIADMK, Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and four Left parties, Karat said the parties will work to provide an alternative to the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party at the centre.

He said “Leaders of 11 parties have resolved to fight upcoming Lok Sabha elections together, Keeping in mind Lok Sabha elections, we decided that leaders of 11 parties should meet and decide on cooperation and working together,”

Contending the “misrule” of Congress-led United Progressive Alliance has been marked by “massive corruption, unprecedented price rise, acute distress of farmers and glaring inequalities”, Karat said: “We do not want Congress and UPA to continue in power. We will work for defeat of Congress and UPA.”

“Today, the challenge before us by the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is the challenge to the very edifice of secular society,” Karat said. He accused the BJP and “its mentor RSS” of communal agenda and said the grouping will “ensure that BJP and its allies are not able to come to power at the centre.” “We need alternative to BJP and Congress. Leaders of 11 parties resolved today to work together to present an alternative before the country,” he said.

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