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Formation of a third alternative will take some time: CPI(M)

delhi Updated: Jul 23, 2010 20:19 IST

With the formation of a third alternative virtually out of sight, the CPI(M) on Friday said it will opt for electoral understanding with "secular parties" and strengthen attempts to isolate the "communal" BJP while opposing "neo-liberal" policies of Congress.

"Formation of a third alternative will take some time," CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told reporters after a three-day meeting of the Central Committee, the party's highest decision-making body.

The meeting was convened to chart out the party's draft political and tactical line to face the current political situation. The party's future course of action, in the light of severing ties with the UPA, would be finalised at the meeting of the Extended Central Committee to be held in Vijaywada next month.

A decision on the party line for the future is crucial as it is facing electoral battles in West Bengal and Kerala next year. As for now, Karat said the Left parties will put up a united front in the upcoming elections in Bihar.

The draft political resolution and review report was finalised after a heated debate at a meeting of the Central Committee which saw a section of leaders criticising the top leadership for their "misadventures".

"We have postponed the Party Congress by an year. So we felt it necessary to formulate a political line for the party to face the current situation," Karat said.

He acknowledged that the new political line would be "different" from the one adopted at the CPI(M) Congress at Coimbatore in 2008 when the party was supporting the Congress-led UPA government.

The Coimbatore Congress has decided to support the Congress without compromising on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

"The present party line is after the Lok Sabha elections. Yes, it is different from the 2008 Party Congress," he said.