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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.

When Amit Shah wooed Omar Abdullah: Reports claim secret talks for a BJP-NC tie-up

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When Amit Shah wooed Omar Abdullah: Reports claim secret talks for a BJP-NC tie-up

Ever since he gave up the ChiefMinister's chair, Omar Abdullah has been a constant critic of the BJP-PDP alliance,heckling the newly formed government from the sidelines. However, a new report on Tues...


Love at first sight to dreaming IITs: Kejriwal hams it up as the adarsh aam aadmi in blah interview

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Love at first sight to dreaming IITs: Kejriwal hams it up as the adarsh aam aadmi in blah interview

As rumbles of discontent rang through the Aam Aadmi Party, its convenor and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal left his fighting brood behind to go getnaturopathy treatment in Bangalore.The Delhi CM...

After 'snooping' on Rahul flops in Parliament, Congress back to targetting Land Bill

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After 'snooping' on Rahul flops in Parliament, Congress back to targetting Land Bill

The spirited protests by the Congress against the 'snooping' and 'political espionage', allegedly carried out by the Modi government againstitsvice-president Rahul Gandhi, fell flat on Monday. Within ...

People reject announcements made on political considerations before polls: Haryana CM

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People reject announcements made on political considerations before polls: Haryana CM

Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday maintained that people reject announcements made before the polls on "political considerations", saying the erstwhile Congres...

V Bhaigaih named as fourth RSS joint general secretary

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V Bhaigaih named as fourth RSS joint general secretary

New Delhi: RSS has appointed V Bhaigaih as the fourth joint general secretary in its national team along with Dattatreya Hosabale, Krishna Gopal and Suresh Soni, who have been retained.Bhaiga...

Congress ups ante on Rahul Gandhi 'snooping' row, says govt trivialising issue

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Congress ups ante on Rahul Gandhi 'snooping' row, says govt trivialising issue

New Delhi: Congress on Monday upped the ante on the issue of snooping on party vice President Rahul Gandhi saying "Big brother is watching" and rejected the government's reply in Parliament ...

Gandhi Jayanti holiday issue: No need for inquiry, says Goa CM Parsekar

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Gandhi Jayanti holiday issue: No need for inquiry, says Goa CM Parsekar

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday said there was no need for an inquiry or action against anyone for the omission of Gandhi Jayanti from state government's list of industrial and...