CPI may review relationship with govt of its own

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New Delhi, Sep 24 (UNI) The CPI has convened a three-day emergency session of its highest decision-making bodies to prepare for the inevitability of Lok Sabha polls and review and redefine its relationship with the UPA government.

The special meeting of the Party 125-member National Council and the 31-member National Executive, beginning here on September 29, will also deliberate on the progress of the ongoing UPA-Left Political Panel proceedings, the spiralling prices of all essential commodities, the unabated farmers' suicides and the agrarian crisis and the entry of Corporates in the retail sector among other things.

CPI National Secretary Shamim Faizi told UNI that the his party expected that the UPA-Left Political Panel on the nuke deal would be able to complete its task by the middle of October." In both the situations whether the Panel offered some compromise formula or led to a failure, it will have far reaching consequences for the political set up at the Centre," he said.

The party's last NC meeting, held here in June, had urged upon all the other Left parties to have a review of the functioning of the Manmohan Singh govenment and redefine their approach to it, he said adding that the party deliberations would initiate the review and redefine its relationship "of its own." But the CPI has made it clear that any decision vis a vis the UPA government has to be taken collectively by the CPI, CPI(M), RSP and Forward Bloc as the decision to extend an outside support was also taken jointly.

"More importantly, it will also initiate steps to prepare for the coming Lok Sabha elections," added Mr Faizi.

The Party would also discuss the growing discontent of the people against the government in general, for its failure to revise and streamline the Public Disribution System and refusal to pay remunerative prices to farmers for their produce while importing wheat at astronomical prices and allowing FDI and Corporate Houses entry in the retail sector thus jeopardising the livelihood of over 50 million people associated with the sector.

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