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Karat's party won't back Cong in polls.

CPI( M) general secretary Prakash Karat has said his party will not support the Congress in the next year's general elections.

In an interview to jTak, Karat said there is a strong possibility that both the Congress and the BJP will not be able to form government this time.

" We will try to strengthen our position in 2014 elections. Both the NDA as well the UPA have lost ground. There is a possibility of a non- Congress, non- BJP government," Karat said.

Karat has been long criticising both parties for their focus on capitalist growth without effectively focusing on pertinent issues such as corruption and rising unemployment.

Maintaining his statement that the BJP is no alternative to the ruling party, he said: " BJP cannot form a government on its own and we are not going to support the Congress again. We will fight against them both.

Even if it is Rahul ( Gandhi), we are not going to lend our support to the Congress." Simply dismissing AICC vicepresident Rahul Gandhi and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the candidate for PM post, Karat endorsed SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav for the top post. " Modi will not help save the day for BJP. The Samajwadi Party will have a decisive position in 2014.

Mulayam Singh can be a candidate for the PM's post," Karat said.

While referring to Gujarat model as based on violence, Karat also said the Centre was making policies like Gujarat that support the capitalists.

Karat also said that regional alliances will play a major roll before and after polls. " There can be regional alliances before the polls. A new front can come up after the elections and Nitish ( Kumar), Naveen Patnaik, can be a part of this front," he predicted.

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