No indication that AIADMK would join Cong: Karat

The CPI(M) has not got any indication that the AIADMK would leave its allies to join hands with the Congress for the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly polls in the wake of DMK`s decision to pull out of the UPA government at the Centre.

Last Updated: Mar 06, 2011, 15:38 PM IST

New Delhi: The CPI(M) has not got any
indication that the AIADMK would leave its allies to join
hands with the Congress for the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly
polls in the wake of DMK`s decision to pull out of the UPA
government at the Centre.

Indicating that the DMK-Congress rift was likely to be
resolved soon, top CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat today said, "We
are in the midst of finalising seat sharing with the AIADMK.

We have no such indication. We are in constant touch with the
parties with which we are going to contest the elections in
Tamil Nadu".
He was replying to a question whether AIADMK would woo
the Congress now that the DMK has pulled out of the UPA and
whether AIADMK, in that case, would leave its present allies.

To a question on the DMK`s decision, Karat said,
"Trouble within the UPA is nothing new. Earlier too, they had
differences over ministeral berths. It is upto them. They will
sort it out, I think. We are not concerned with what they are
doing. You will soon see what happens".

Asked whether the rift would benefit the AIADMK-led
coalition, he said in Tamil Nadu, there are two coalitions.

"If one coalition has problems, it will help the other".

To a spate of questions on whether V S Achuthanandan
and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee would lead the polls in Kerala and
West Bengal, Karat said, "I am sure Bhattacharjee will lead
the election battle and campaign in West Bengal".
Pressed further on whether the Kerala Chief Minister
would contest, he said, "He is a member of the Central
Committee and Bhattacharjee of the Politburo. Both enjoy the
full support and confidence of the party".

He said the two state committees would meet next week
and take a final decision. "We do not dole out seats from
here. We work on the method of collective principle. The state
committees take a final decision and send it to the central
leadership for approval".

The CPI(M) General Secretary, who also released a list
of 17 candidates for the Assam elections, said candidates in
Bengal and Kerala would be decided in consultation with the
partners of the Left Front and Left Democratic Front.

In Assam, the CPI(M) is contesting in alliance with
the CPI, CPI(M-L) and other groups.

He said the main thrust of the Left campaign would be
unprecedented price rise and the "massive corruption and
siphoning off of public funds" as a result of the policies
pursued by the Congress-led government at the Centre.

"We will appeal to the people to re-elect the LF
government in West Bengal for the eighth time and LDF again,"
he said, adding Congress, Trinamool Congress and UDF allies
should be defeated as "they are responsible for the acute
price rise, massive corruption and attacks on the livelihood
of the people".

PTI