CPI (M) urges parties to form non-Congress, non-BJP front

January 11th, 2009 - 3:15 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party

By Juhan Samuel
Kochi (Kerala), Jan 11 (ANI): The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI (M)) has urged to jointly contest with non-Congress and non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parties and form an electoral combination in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
Party General Secretary, Prakash Karat while addressing a press conference on Saturday, said, “The non-Congress and non-BJP secular parties to come together on a platform of defence of secularism, pro-people economic policies and an independent foreign policy.”
The final statement was issued after discussing by the party’’s politburo during the Central Committee held in Kochi from 8 to 10 January.
Among other hot discussions and resolutions on alliance, the party could not come out on any kind of pre-electoral arrangement with BSP.
The final statements issued after the meeting include Israeli attack on Gaza and condemning the death of poor women and children, present situation in Sri Lanka, recent global economic crisis and loss of jobs, FDI in insurance sector, price rise and food supply, communalism and terrorism, don”t rely on USA and assembly elections and Lok Sabha elections.
On Lok Sabha elections, the statement said the Central committee meeting has decided vigorous political campaign in the wake of Lok Sabha elections.
Central committee finalised the seats to be contested from the various states and gave necessary direction for election preparation in these constituencies.
All state unit to devote the month of February to the political campaign projecting the parties” political position and policies.
The statement said the CPI(M) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) had worked out an electoral understanding with parties like the Telugu Desam, AIADMK and the Janata Dal-Secular.
Central committee members, including Karat, politburo members Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achutanandan, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar were among those who attended the three-day meeting.
The meeting was held in Kerala after a gap of 41 years. (ANI)

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