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CPI(M) central committee meeting begins

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi
May 17, 2004 03:55 PM IST

The Central Committee of CPI(M) met again on Monday to take a final decision on joining the Congress-led Government at the Centre.

Amidst indications that the Left parties may not join the Congress-led Government at the Centre, the Central Committee of CPI(M) met again on Monday to take a final decision on it.

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Consensus on joining the Sonia Gandhi-led Congress coalition Government had eluded the central committee meeting on Sunday with members sharply divided on the issue.

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Among those attending the meeting are party General Secretary Harkishen Singh Surjeet, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharya, veteran Communist leader Jyoti Basu, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, senior party leader Somnath Chatterjee, politburo members Sitaram Yechury, Prakash Karat, S Ramachandran Pillai, P Vijayan, VS Achutanandan and CITU leader MK Pandhey.

A strong section of the party led by hardline leaders of Kerala unit were of the view that joining a Congress-led Government at the Centre would prove detrimental to its interest particularly in states like Kerala and West Bengal.

Sources in the Left Front said the parties, including CPI and CPI(M), which have over 60 MPs, will not join the Congress-led coalition Government.

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