Left parties on Saturday hit back at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over his charge that the Third Front was helping the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls, saying the Congress had instead failed to check the saffron forces.
One of the Left parties, CPI, also said that the PM's statement that he would have quit if he had failed to get the Indo-US nuclear deal passed, showed that he had made it his 'personal agenda' and had "pressurised" the Congress and the allies.
On Singh's charge, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told PTI that "it is not the Congress, but the non-Congress, non-BJP alternative which have effectively put paid to the chances of BJP coming to power at the Centre. It is only this alternative which has isolated the BJP."
Karat, who is campaigning in Karnataka, said: "BJP cannot even make its mark in states like Tamil Nadu, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh where its traditional allies have joined the Third Front as the secular alternative is emerging stronger with more UPA allies falling in line".
"Therefore, it is an illusion that the formation of Third Front would automatically help the BJP come back to power," he said.
CPI National Secretary D Raja said the prime minister's remarks against Third Front showed that Congress and BJP were getting 'jittery' over the emergence of the non-BJP, non-Congress alliance as a viable alternative.
He wanted the prime minister to realise that India is not a bipolar polity and therefore it was obvious that such alliances would emerge. "The prime minister-in-waiting L K Advani's attack on the emerging alliance also reflected the saffron desperation".
Regarding the prime minister's statement on the nuclear deal, Raja said, "It is an admission that the prime minister had made the nuclear deal his personal agenda. It is also an admission that the prime minister did pressurise his party and the allies on the issue."
"It is for the prime minister to explain why did he take the issue to the personal level," the CPI leader said.
Asked about the prime minister's statement that the Left has always been on the 'wrong side' of history, Raja said "for four and a half years he was taking the Left support. Did he not realise it then? At that time it was okay.
"It is the Left which has been the driving force in history. History is always on the side of the Left. It was only Manmohan Singh's policies which have been responsible for the growing poverty, job losses and a badly hit economy," he said.