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12 parties to meet on February 25 to form Third Front: Sitaram Yechury

punjab Updated: Feb 23, 2014 23:24 IST
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CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury announced that a dozen parties planned to come together in Delhi on February 25 to form the 'Third Front'. He was speaking at the Vikalp rally organised here on Sunday.

The party has also announced that Left parties will field five candidates from the state in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Yechury said the state had become a "model of loot and repression by capitalists". "The number of unemployed youngsters is increasing by the day. So is the number of suicides by farmer," he added.

Accusing the BJP and Congress of safeguarding corporate interests for "taking unlawful benefits", Yechury stated the 12 parties will join hands to form a "non-Congress, non-BJP government at the centre."

The CPM will field All India Kisan Sabha state president Phool Singh Sheokand from Hisar, Khet Mazdoor Union president Ram Kumar Behbalpuria from Sirsa and AIKS vice president Master Sher Singh from Bhiwani.

The CPI will field Mam Chand Saini from Karnal, while Arun Kumar will jointly be fielded from Ambala by both parties.

CPI national secretary Amarjeet Kaur said," People have now understood only left parties can extricate the country from the crisis created by the Congress and the BJP."

The rally, the biggest the Left parties have held in the state, saw resolutions including 33% reservation for women, restoration of students unions, establishing a system of minimum wages in the private sector and scrapping the contractual system in employment being adopted unanimously. Yechury also released the biography of the late Haryana CPM leader Prithvi Singh at the rally.