Sharing the dais with AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa for the first time, Left parties leaders tonight criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his remarks that regional parties lacked a national perspective and accused Congress and DMK of having division of labour in selecting scams.
Addressing an election rally, Karat said it was "very strange" for Singh to make the remarks when he was "surviving" on the support of a dozen regional parties.
"Dr Singh had said regional parties could not provide a good government at the Centre. It is very strange that PM had said so when his government was being run by a dozen regional parties," he said.
He said most of regional parties, barring DMK, had "deserted" Congress. "In Bihar, Lalu Prasad, who said he would be Hanuman for Sonia Gandhi, had ditched Congress and joined hands with LJP. The NCP chief Sharad Pawar had said he would choose his own path as Congress had said there was no UPA," Karat said.
Karat raised the alleged spectrum scam and irregularties in the purchase of arms from an Israeli firm. In a sarcastic comment, he said DMK and Congress had 'division of labour in selecting the scams".
CPI General Secretary Bardhan said BJP and Congress were trying to create a bi-party system in the country, undermining the significance of regional parties. "But they play a big role in the devlopment of the region," he said.