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CPM general secretary Prakash Karat has said that the rise of AAP proves that the party has been able to project itself as a viable alternative to the BJP and the Congress.Karat said that the Assembly elections have shown the anti-Congress sentiment that is present it the country at the moment.In an interview to The Economic Times, Karat said, "The assembly elections have clearly shown a strong anti-Congress mood among people. Congress suffered its worst defeat in Delhi and Rajasthan, where it was in government. BJP was the beneficiary of this anti-Congress mood because politics in these states has been bipolar Congress and BJP for a long time. But the exception has been Delhi, where Aam Aadmi Party was able to present itself as a viable alternative to the two parties. AAPs rise shows that people will support a credible alternative to Congress and BJP, if it exists."Karat had earlier said that AAP's rise showed that there was scope for alternative politics."The rise of AAP is a new phenomenon. It has been able to attract the support of the middle classes, who are normally apolitical. People have also responded to its image as a clean party. How far this can go beyond an urban setting remains to be seen. In many states, there are entrenched political parties. Some of them are fighting against both Congress & BJP. In such states, AAP may not be able to make much headway. The anti-corruption plank cannot alone be a viable political platform," Karat told The Economic Times.While there has been speculation about a possible alliance of the AAP with some Left parties, especially following Prashant Bhushan's meeting with Kerala CPM leader V S Achuthanandan, Bhushan told The Indian Expressthat AAP will not ally with the CPM. "Corruption has seeped into its ranks," Bhushan was quoted as having said.He did not rule out the possibility of allying with smaller Left-leaning parties.Meanwhile Karat had also earlier praised AAP on they way it communicated with the youth on social media and said the Left needed to learn from them."Yes, that's an area we need to learn from the Aam Aadmi Party," NDTV had quoted him as saying.

Babus, RSS, BJP: One-time Modi favourite Smriti Irani is pissing everyone off

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Babus, RSS, BJP: One-time Modi favourite Smriti Irani is pissing everyone off

The babus are upset, the RSS is seething and the BJP isn't in any mood to defend her.Smriti Irani, once seen as a favourite of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after being given the charge of the Human Re...


Act against corrupt partymen in UP: BJP tells Mulayam Singh Yadav

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Act against corrupt partymen in UP: BJP tells Mulayam Singh Yadav

Lucknow: The BJP on Monday sought action from Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav against corrupt parliamentarians and legislators of his party.The jibe came a day after Yadav at an event o...

Sahara backs Sebi's claim to bring back $13-mn from jet sale proceeds

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Sahara backs Sebi's claim to bring back $13-mn from jet sale proceeds

Engaged in a long-drawn legal battle with Sebi, Sahara has supported the regulator's claim before a US court to bring back nearly $13 million from sale proceeds of a business jet of the crisis-hit gro...

Arvind Kejriwal to review departmental work after office hours; officials fuming

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Arvind Kejriwal to review departmental work after office hours; officials fuming

New Delhi: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's directive to all department heads to do a presentation of their work after office hours has left many officials fuming.The review of their work, which for t...

AAP's Ashutosh slams Yadav, Bhushan for 'conspiring' against Arvind Kejriwal

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AAP's Ashutosh slams Yadav, Bhushan for 'conspiring' against Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: In a scathing attack on party dissidents Yogendra Yadav and Prashat Bhushan, AAP leader Ashutosh on Sunday came down strongly on them for "conspiring" and attempting to remove Arv...

Reports of snooping on Netaji's kin by Nehru govt are motivated news plants: Congress

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Reports of snooping on Netaji's kin by Nehru govt are motivated news plants: Congress

New Delhi: Congress on Sunday accused the BJP and Narendra Modi government of running a "sinister campaign" against national icons as it dubbed reports of snooping on the family of Netaji Su...

CBI doing its job: BJP rebuts Mamata allegations on PM Modi being behind notices to TMC

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CBI doing its job: BJP rebuts Mamata allegations on PM Modi being behind notices to TMC

Kolkata: The BJP on Sunday rebutted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's allegation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was behind the CBI notices to the TMC, saying the probe agency was only do...