The Prakash Karat-led CPM on Thursday said categorically that the Communist parties would not let the BJP form the government at the Centre. The CPM was joined by the CPI in making this statement to the media, 48 hours before the elections results are out on Saturday.
In addition to this, the Left parties also said that sitting in the Opposition benches would be their last resort, indicating that the parties would rally the Third Front to play a more proactive role in government formation this time around.
The statements would have boosted the Congress’s hopes of forming the government once again though the Left insists that it will try to form the next government.
The shift in the CPM’s strong anti-Congress stand before the elections seem to have been tempered by the possibility of a fractured mandate emerging on Saturday.
As West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said recently, Karat’s statements about not supporting a Congress-led government were a “pre-poll” position, which the party would take a call once the numbers are out.