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Talks on with JD(U) for post-poll tie-up: CPI(M)

New Delhi: With Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar being wooed by the Congress, the CPI(M) too has said talks were on with the JD(U) leadership for a post-poll tie up.

Observing that parties like the JD(U) and NCP would have to decide whether they would join the Third Front, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said on Saturday talks were on with the JD(U) leadership and “we are saying that they have a significant role to play after the elections.”

Asked whether the JD(U) would risk its government in Bihar by leaving the BJP, he said it was for that party to decide.

“Nitish Kumar has carved out a very strong position in Bihar and independently today he is a major force. So he can strike out, I think ... take the plunge like (BJD chief) Naveen Patnaik has done. Nitish Kumar will emerge as a major force in Bihar. So he could go ahead without depending on BJP or any other party. I think it will be in his interest,” he told Karan Thapar on the “Devil’s Advocate” programme on CNN-IBN.

On the possibility of a hung Parliament and consequent instability, the CPI(M) leader said that there would not be any instability as a government would be formed and “if we don’t get the type of government we want, then we will be in the Opposition.”

He, however, exuded confidence that the Third Front could emerge as “number one” in the polls and said it would be for the Congress to decide whether it would facilitate a secular government at the Centre. — PTI

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