New Delhi: CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat on Sunday said that the party will have no truck with Congress in future.  “Our party will never tie-up with either Congress or BJP. The situation which arose in 2004 was an exception. To keep communal forces at bay, we extended support to UPA-I.”
 
He rejected former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya contention that withdrawal of support from UPA-I was the main reason behind the defeat for CPI-M in West Bengal. 

Karat also rejected the allegation that because of him Congress developed proximity with Trinamool Congress. 

“The poll results have nothing to do with withdrawal of support from UPA-I or nuclear deal,” said Karat while replying to the allegations leveled by Bhattacharya against him. 

In 2004 CPI-M headed by Harkishan Singh Surjeet gave outside support to UPA-I. But when Karat took over charge of the party in 2005 he remained against of this alliance and it resulted in withdrawal of support from the UPA-I following India’s nuclear deal with America.

The decision was allegedly criticized within the party.  The issue has again resurfaces following party’s defeat in the assembly polls at West Bengal.

Bhattacharya categorically held this decision responsible behind the party’s resounding defeat in Assembly polls. Karat accepted in an interview to a newspaper, “Muslim voters have drifted from Congress and Left Parties.”

(JPN/BUREAU)