The CPI(M) general secretary said that the convention called by the Left and other regional parties had decided to stop communal forces at any cost and unify secular and democratic forces under one umbrella.
"Narendra Modi is being projected by BJP as its prime ministerial candidate. Who is this Narendra Modi? This is the same Modi who has the backing of RSS, who were involved in the demolition of Babri Masjid," Karat said, while addressing a rally here.
"Modi also has the backing of corporate houses and is the representative of communal and big corporate forces," he said.
Mocking the Gujarat model of development, being projected by BJP as Modi's USP, Karat said "Gujarat model is that model, which reminds us of the massacre of thousands of minorities in that state in 2002." Lashing out at Congress-led UPA government at the Centre for pursuing "neo-liberal" policies, Karat accused it of failing to control price rise and inflation.
"We the Left forces have to fight for a secular alternative which will pursue alternative policies. We have to defeat both communal BJP and Congress, which pursue neo-liberal policies. The policies of Congress have led to corruption after corruption," Karat said.