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CPI(M) does not rule out joining Third Front govt

PTI  New Delhi, March 16, 2009
First Published: 14:48 IST(16/3/2009) | Last Updated: 14:49 IST(16/3/2009)
Unlike in the past, CPI(M) on Monday did not rule out its participation in any Third Front government after the Lok Sabha polls.


CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat also said that steps would be taken to ensure that such non-Congress, non-BJP alternatives do not remain unstable like in the past. He, however, did not elaborate

“Hopefully, if a situation develops, our central committee will meet. We will see the situation, take stock of it and decide the question,” Karat told reporters releasing the party manifesto in New Delhi.

He was asked whether the Left parties would, as always, remain outside the government in such a scenario or would they join such an alternative.

In the non-Congress governments so far, the CPI(M) had stayed away so also the RSP and Forward Bloc while the CPI had joined the United Front government headed H D Deve Gowda and I K Gujral.

Indicating that some other parties could join the fledgling Third Front soon, Karat claimed that even before elections “some developments” would occur.

“Who will come, who will not come I cannot say now. Wait, even before elections some developments are going to take place,” he said.

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