Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
On Interview to India Today
The India Today 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.