CPI releases manifesto for Assam Panchayat polls

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Guwahati, Dec 19 (UNI) The Assam unit of the CPI has demanded tribal status for the state.

Addressing a press conference here today, national executive member of CPI Pramode Gogoi said the demand for accord of tribal state status for Assam would be the main agenda of the poll manifesto of the party, which is gearing up for Panchayat elections. The demand by the six communities of the state for ST status would also figure as the main issue for the Left party as well, he added.

Besides, the alleged massive corruption running into crores of rupees in the Panchayati Raj institutions since 2001 would be the other major poll issue for the CPI, Mr Gogoi added.

He informed that the four Left parties in the state - CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML) and RSP would contest the Panchayat election together and field young and educated people for the local bodies.

Urging the tea tribes to withdraw their poll boycott call, he pointed that such a boycott would help the Congress in winning majority seats and the cause of the tribes would once again go unaddressed.

The CPI leader also expressed confidence of the Left parties doing well in the polls.

UNI

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