"In case these parties are able to get a majority in the Lok Sabha polls, there are many Chief Ministers among us and anyone of them could occupy the top post," Bardhan told reporters in Bhopal.
     
"After all, BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi is also only a Chief Minister of Gujarat," he said.

When asked if Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) could also join this conglomeration of non-Congress and non-BJP parties, Bardhan said that it could do so as the party was also opposed to both the Congress and the BJP.
     
"But that party has to take the final decision on it," he said.

Taking potshots at the BJP for declaring Narendra Modi as its PM candidate much before the Lok Sabha elections, Bardhan said there is no provision for a Prime Minister in-waiting in the Indian Constitution.
     
On Modi's credentials, he said that nobody can forget his role during the 2002 riots in Gujarat.

"It does not matter if he had been given a clean chit by some probe agencies," Bardhan said.

The CPI veteran said the Janata Dal (U), which had been an ally of the BJP in NDA, parted ways because of Modi.
     
About US softening its stand on Modi, Bardhan said he did not attach much importance to it.

"I think this is a very trivial matter. US has historically always supported all those who it thinks are opposed to the Left and its softening towards Modi must be seen in this context," he added.

(Agencies)

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