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CPM, CPI leaders discuss pol strategy

Press Trust of India, PTI  New Delhi, May 14, 2004
First Published: 12:09 IST(14/5/2004) | Last Updated: 12:09 IST(14/5/2004)

Amidst speculation over whether the Left parties would join the new Congress-led government at the Centre, leaders of CPI-M and CPI on Friday met informally to discuss their strategy.


CPM leader Harkishen Singh Surjeet, his party colleagues Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat and CPI leaders AB Bardhan and D Raja were among those present at the meeting.

On the Left participation in the new Government, Yechury said before the meeting that the issue has not been discussed and no decision had been taken.

He and Karat said the party's Politburo and the Central Committee would meet on Saturday to discuss the situation arising out of the Lok Sabha verdict and possibly the Left parties might meet on Sunday to discuss the issue.

Surjeet received Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh and former Prime Minister VP Singh at his residence on Friday morning.

He had told the two leaders that there was need for all the forces that had defeated BJP to get together to "contribute" in the new situation.

He said the forces should understand that those who played with unity and economic health of the country had been defeated and the parties should remain united.

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