CPI-M to ally with non-Congress, non-BJP parties

January 10th, 2009 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyKochi, Jan 10 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said Saturday it was open to forging electoral alliances for the coming general elections with any political party not aligned to the Congress or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Addressing reporters here after the conclusion of the crucial three-day central committee meeting, general secretary Prakash Karat said the party had already drawn up its strategy for the poll.

“We will tie up with major regional parties who are not aligned towards either the Congress or the BJP. Our aim is to see the defeat of both the Congress and the BJP. We will forge an alliance with such parties who wish to have an independent foreign policy and pro-people economic policies,” he said.

With regards to his party’s stand towards the Bahujan Samaj Party, he said the CPI(M) has already clarified that they are not talking of any electoral understanding.

“But we will stand together with them on issues and cooperate because they are not part of either the BJP or the Congress fronts,” said Karat.

He said that they have reached a broad understanding on the number of seats that they would contest.

“The final figure will emerge after we talk with those with whom we will work together. Talks are progressing with parties in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. We are also talking with parties in Bihar also,” said Karat.

“Some parties have already realized the mistake of being part of the two major fronts and we will cooperate with such parties”, he added.

About the party candidates, he said the criteria would not be age but suitability.

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