"I don't know where the AAP is growing except in Delhi. So, I have said this earlier, the AAP cannot be a substitute for the Left parties. In some states and some areas, may be they will be a substitute for other parties. But they cannot be a substitute for Left parties," he said.

The Aam Aadmi Party made a spectacular debut in the Delhi Assembly elections in 2013.
Replying to a query on the issue of creation of a separate state of Telangana, Karat said the CPI (M) has stood for ‘united Andhra Pradesh’.
Noting that the TDP, the erstwhile ally of the Left for long, appeared to be heading towards the BJP, he said his party considered the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) as an ‘opposition, secular’ party.
Asked if an understanding between the YSRCP and CPI (M) is possible, he said that the issue would be discussed by the CPI (M) state committee and a final decision in this regard would be taken after the Parliament Session comes to an end.
"Our state committee is meeting today and tomorrow to discuss our electoral tactics to be pursued in Andhra Pradesh. As you know, in this Parliament session, the question of bifurcation, the bill is there. It will be finally known what will happen to the issue of bifurcation,” said Karat.

“The state committee will discuss the tactics to be pursued for the elections. But the final decision will be taken by our party only after the parliament session and the result of this session is known," he added.
When asked how can the CPI (M) ally with YSR Congress, which is reportedly ‘regarded as a corrupt party’, Karat said that his party goes by a political party’s agenda, programmes and practices.


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