People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
December 23, 2007
On Interview To
Prakash Karat, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following statement
on December 15, 2007
The India Today magazine has carried an interview with me in which certain remarks are attributed to me,
which I have not made. The alleged remarks “If this is the issue they want to break up with us on, all political parties
need to be prepared for elections any time” were not made by me.
I had given written answers to the questions put by India Today, the transcript of which is available. Neither
was the question “And if they do proceed (with the nuclear deal)? Are you prepared for elections?”
put to me nor have I replied in such a manner.
Such reports surfacing in sections of the media in recent days are calculated to create an atmosphere of
insecurity about the central government. It is also a deliberate attempt to impair relations between
the Left and the UPA. It is significant that such reports are appearing on the eve of the polling for the
Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.
It is unfortunate that the India Today has resorted to such dubious journalism.