No third front before poll: Communist Party of India

March 28th, 2008 - 4:16 pm ICT by admin  

Hyderabad, March 28 (IANS) The Communist Party of India (CPI) has virtually ruled out formation of a third front before the next general elections and hinted at state-specific electoral adjustments with the regional parties. CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan told a meet-the-press programme here Friday that the party’s goal was to build a third front based on Left and democratic programmes.

“If it comes before next general elections we will be happy but we don’t believe it will come into effect so early,” he said when asked about the possibility of a third alternative taking shape before the next elections.

He was briefing the media about the decisions taken at the party’s 20th national congress, which concluded here Thursday.

While opposing the Indo-US nuclear deal and taking strong objection to some of the steps of the Congress-led UPA government in the economic and foreign policy spheres, the party decided to launch a massive agitation against price rise.

“In the longer perspective, our efforts are to build a third alternative. It will not be a mere conglomeration of some political parties but will be based on Left and democratic programmes,” he said.

Bardhan said the third front would evolve out of joint struggle on peoples’ issues. The party congress also underlined the need for broader Left unity to enable the building of a third alternative.

“In the coming elections we will try to have state-specific adjustments to ensure defeat of communal forces,” he said.

“The situation differs from state to state. You have Samajwadi Party only in Uttar Pradesh, DMK in Tamil Nadu, RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal) in Bihar and TDP (Telugu Desam Party) in Andhra Pradesh,” said Bardhan who along with other CPI leaders had a meeting with TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu Tuesday.

“Let elections be announced. We will see. A collective decision will be taken based on the political situation and ground realities,” he said when asked whether CPI would have an electoral alliance with TDP and other regional parties.

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