CPI(M) ready to support Mayawati for Prime Minister's post

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Kolkata, Oct 14 (UNI) The CPI(M) was ready to support Bahujan Samaj party chief Mayawati for the post of Prime Minister if a non-BJP and non-Congress dispensation emerged at the national scene after the coming Lok Sabha election, party's General Secretary Prakash Karat today said.

''We are working for a non-Congress and non-BJP dispensation at the Centre and the party would consider all possible options depending on the electoral outcome. The BSP is a major party, and naturally, the leader of the BSP is going to be one of the considerations for the post of Prime Minister,'' he told reporters at the end of the party's three-day Central Committee meeting here.

Mr Karat said the Central Committee decided to call for the defeat of the BJP and rejection of the Congress while continuing efforts to forge unity of the non-BJP and non-Congress parties.

While the party considered the BJP as 'communal and reactionary', it was opposed to the Congress for its 'anti-people' policies and the nuke deal struck with the USA, he said.

To a question on whether the party would have alliance with Tamil film star Chiranjeevi's newly floated party, Mr Karat said, ''We have discussed all possible options.'' While deciding the party's tactics in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, the party would like to discuss with the CPI and few other parties before coming out with a final stand, he said.

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