Sharad Pawar can join us after polls: Karat
New Delhi, April 10: Top CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat on Friday said NCP chief Sharad Pawar would have the option
to join the Third Front after the elections as the "logic of
the situation" would force him to do this.
"Right now we are not having any understanding with
him regarding the Third Front...But I think the logic of the
situation would lead him to also consider this option," the
CPI(M) General Secretary said.
"I don`t know what he will decide. I think he will
have the option to consider (joining third front)..he will
consider various options after the elections," Karat told
in an interview.
Asked whether Pawar could be accepted as the Prime
Ministerial candidate of the Third Front, he said the issue
would be decided only after the elections, but added that the
leader of the government would not only have to agree to a
Common Minimum Programme of the new front but the person
should also be acceptable to all its constituents.
His comments came ahead of a rally to be addressed by
both Pawar and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Maharashtra
Karat made it clear that the Left does not have any
"pre-conceived" notion about who should be the Prime Minister.
"We are not having any preferred choice before the elections
for Prime Ministership. We are not precluding anybody from
being made the Prime Minister."
He said the issue would depend on "circumstances and
the candidate`s acceptance among all the partners."
The CPI(M) leader said if someone has to lead the
government "that party or the leader has to also be very much
committed to the policy platform that we work out. So I think,
based on that, we will see."
Further asked whether the CPI(M) would be open to
extend support to Pawar, Karat said "no, no. I am saying if
the NCP is part of the non-Congress, non-BJP combination, if
we successfully work out the Common Minimum Programme and if
there is a wider acceptance for any candidate, (then) that
candidate will become the choice."
Replying to questions on whether the non-Congress,
non-BJP alternative would be viable and stable, he said "we
will be able to build a durable alliance because we are more
of a federal type alliance."
Pawar had on Wednesday shared platform with Left and
BJD leaders in Bhubaneshwar leading to speculation that NCP
was planning to do business with the Third Front.