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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.

Let's be clear: Prohibition is more about women's votes than their security

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Let's be clear: Prohibition is more about women's votes than their security

Prohibition is not the best way to serve gender justice.But it has become a convenient tool for mobilising the emerging constituency of women voters. And politicians are ready to leverage prohibition ...


Let's be clear: Prohibition is more about women's votes than their security

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Let's be clear: Prohibition is more about women's votes than their security

Prohibition is not the best way to serve gender justice.But it has become a convenient tool for mobilising the emerging constituency of women voters. And politicians are ready to leverage prohibition ...

Rs 2 crore price tag didn't bog me down: Krunal Pandya relives memorable IPL 2016 journey

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Rs 2 crore price tag didn't bog me down: Krunal Pandya relives memorable IPL 2016 journey

"Talented to bannev aj che, jovo have ek varas next IPL nu jaye to tame decide kari le so ke bannev talented che."(We both are talented, let this next IPL finish; you will yourself d...

National Conference stages dharna against lack of civic amenities in Jammu and Kashmir

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National Conference stages dharna against lack of civic amenities in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: National Conference on Tuesday staged a dharna here against lack of civic amenities and scarcity of ration being faced by the people in the wake of the implementation of ill-conceived NFSA in J...

PDP and BJP have a 'tacit agreement' on Afspa, says senior NC leader

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PDP and BJP have a 'tacit agreement' on Afspa, says senior NC leader

Srinagar: Senior National Conference (NC) leader Abdul Rahim Rather on Tuesday alleged the demand for revocation of Afspa from Jammu and Kashmir was rejected by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar as th...

After the Assembly elections, what's next for the BJP in Kerala?

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After the Assembly elections, what's next for the BJP in Kerala?

On the face of it, the performance of all parties in Kerala in the 2016 Assembly poll fit into the standard narratives.The fact that the Left Front has won is normal (it happens every other election)....

Take Schemes of Govt to Public: Vasundhara Raje to MPs, MLAs

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Take Schemes of Govt to Public: Vasundhara Raje to MPs, MLAs

Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday asked the party MPs and MLAs to take the schemes and programmes of the government to the masses and collect feedback from public so that any ...