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Assam polls: CPI(M) ties up with AGP

CPI(M) also hinted at joining forces with Congress to keep BJP at bay in event of a fractured electoral verdict.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 15:54 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The CPI(M) has reached an understanding with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) for cobbling a non-BJP and non-Congress alliance in Assam Assembly poll.

But, CPI(M)also hinted at joining forces with Congress to keep the saffron party at bay in the event of a fractured electoral verdict.

The party was undecided on its chief ministerial candidate in Kerala against the backdrop of differences over the choice of the person.

The party politburo and central committee, which metin New Delhiduring the weekend, discussed threadbare and finalised the poll strategies and alliances for the elections where it will take on Congress for the first time after it extended support to the UPA government at the Centre.

In Assam, "CPI(M) has reached an electoral understanding with AGP led by Bridaban Goswami to piece together a non-BJP, non-Congress alliance with the support of other Left parties," party politburo member Sitaram Yechury told reporters here after conclusion of the two-day Central Committee meeting.

"We have reached an understanding on seat-sharing and a formal announcement in this regard would be made soon. Everything is moving towards that direction," he added.

Asked to spell out the party's stand in the event of a hung Assembly, Yechury said CPI(M) would ensure that BJP is kept out of power. "It's obvious, we will take a position opposite to BJP."

Differences in the party remained as to who will spearhead its campaign and subsequently emerge as the Chief Ministerial candidate in Kerala where the party is hoping to wrest power from ruling Congress.

First Published: Mar 12, 2006 20:07 IST