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CPI rules out third front before LS polls

Rajeev Bhaskar, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, March 19, 2013
First Published: 19:11 IST(19/3/2013) | Last Updated: 19:13 IST(19/3/2013)

Categorically ruling out formation of any third front before the Lok Sabha polls scheduled next year, Communist Party of India (CPI) politburo member Joginder Dayal on Tuesday said that the left party would prefer seat adjustment with some regional parties, depending upon state to state.

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“It has already been decided by the CPI that it will not be a part of any third front and will only have seat adjustment with regional parties, like it has with People's Party of Punjab (PPP) in the border state,” Dayal told Hindustan Times.

“Yes, post-poll alliance could be worked out with like-minded parties,” he said.

On the possibility of an alliance of Sanjha Morcha (an amalgam of PPP, CPI, CPM and SAD(Longowal) with the Congress in Punjab, Dayal evaded a direct reply, saying, “So far, no such proposal is under consideration.”

“Political alliance cannot be forged on the basis of media reports; the stakeholders have to indulge in formal talks for the same,” Dayal said.

Training guns at the ruling SAD-BJP alliance, Dayal said that law and order was at its worst in the state, which could be evident from the fact that high court had to intervene to seek action against cops responsible for thrashing a Dalit woman.

He advocated removal of special powers to Punjab Police, which they were enjoying since the militancy days. He said like other states, administrative heads of the district should write the annual confidential reports (ACRs) of police officials of the district.

Urging government to take some austerity measures to improve the financial health of the state, Dayal demanded special financial package for the state on the pattern of adjoining states of Himachal Pardesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

“The state government is unable to take benefits of central schemes due to non-payment of its contribution for its eligibility,” Dayal said, while supporting the demand of more financial share to Punjab from the central collection of taxes.

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