"We have made our position clear. After nine years of UPA misrule...UPA and Congress should be defeated. We are not going to work for their return," Karat said.

He was replying to a query if there was a possibility of the Left parties supporting Congress after the next Lok Sabha elections.

When asked to comment on Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, an arch rival of the Left, announcing that her party won't support Modi as a prime ministerial candidate, Karat said, "For us there is no question of supporting Narendra Modi or anyone else from the BJP. She would support someone else or...We are not supporting BJP."

On the possibility of a Third Front government at the Centre like in 1996, he said, "The situation is very different now. Let us see what happens."

(Agencies)

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