Agartala: The CPI-M hopes to form a non-Congress, non-BJP government after the Lok Sabha polls but it did not cobble a "third alternative" now for good reasons, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has said.
"We (CPI-M) have consciously avoided developing a third alternative this time," Sarkar, a member of the CPI-M politburo, told IANS in an interview. "The earlier (pre-2009 election) initiative to form a third (front) government was not appropriate. We have done self-criticism on the earlier move," he said.
Sarkar did not elaborate. The CPI-M and its Left allies had pulled out of the Congress-led UPA alliance ahead of the 2009 Lok Sabha election in which the Marxists were bruised nationally.
Sarkar said: "On the basis of policies, an alternative secular democratic front sans the BJP and the Congress will be formed after the Lok Sabha polls. This initiative has already got a good response from political parties and people."
Asked who will be the prime minister if such an alliance got a majority in the Lok Sabha, he said: "Don't worry, everything will be decided after the declaration of results. Wait for some time.