Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 8 UNI | 4 months ago

Defence Minister and senior Congress leader A K Antony today termed it 'mere dream' the statement of CPI-M general Secretary Prakash Karat that a non-BJP, non-Congress alliance will form the government at the Centre after the Lok Sabha elections.

'The main electoral battle is between the Congress-led UPA and the BJP-led NDA, with the CPI(M) remaining as a mere spectator,' Mr Antony told newspersons here.

After the elections, all the secular parties would have to come forward to support the Congress to avert a national disaster - that is the BJP coming to power, he added.

Asked whether 11 regional parties would join together to keep the Congress away from power as claimed by Mr Karat, Mr Antony said most of these regional parties were not even willing to share a single seat to the CPI(M) in their respective state. 'Then how can one expect that these parties will accept the leadership of the CPI(M) after the elections,' he asked.

Claiming that there would be a clean sweep for the UP a in the north-east region of the country, he said the alliance would win more number of votes this time and would return to power.

All of them wanted to keep the communal forces away from power, he said, adding the people would not vote for a middleman like the CPI(M) to keep the BJP out of power.

He said the CPI(M) had become an outdated party in India as they were not ready to change as per the wishes of the people. 'It will be the same fate of the communist parties in India as happened in Europe where it was wiped out,' he said, adding the CPI(M) manifesto became a laughing stock due to outdated policies.

In Kerala, there was no such anti-incumbency factor and the UDF would sweep the elections, he added.

Mr Antony said the BJP would not win even a single seat in Kerala and the party's national leaders were wasting their time here by campaigning for party candidates.

(Posted on 08-04-2014)