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CPI (M) seeks report to decide on Bihar alliance

Wednesday 15 June 2005

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asked its Bihar unit to send a report on the ground situation, in view of the coming elections, ahead of the Polit Bureau meeting next month.

The report will help the party firm up its stand on alliances, general secretary Prakash Karat told The Hindu here on Tuesday after meeting Lok Jan Shakti Party president and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.

Mr. Paswan visited the CPI (M) office to invite Mr. Karat and his colleagues to his daughter’s wedding here on June 23.

The CPI (M) aligned with the Rashtriya Janata Dal in the February 2005 Assembly elections.

At its last meeting, the Central Committee said it was important to see that the Bharatiya Janata Party-Janata Dal (United) alliance was defeated in the elections and a secular government installed in Bihar. For this to happen, a division of the votes of secular parties should be avoided. The Committee authorised the Polit Bureau to work out an appropriate strategy. It also appointed Polit Bureau member S. Ramachandran Pillai to oversee the operations in Bihar.

It is understood that Sitaram Yechury, who was managing Bihar during the February 2005 polls, would be brought in during negotiations with parties.

See online : The Hindu

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