CPI(M) for third alternative at centre:Karat

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Kottayam, Feb 11 (UNI) The CPI(M) today reiterated its commitment to building a Third Alternative at the Centre, comprising of ''anti-communal and pro-people'' parties.

''The CPI(M) is committed to building a Third Alternative of anti-communal and pro-people parties with independent foreign policies,'' CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said while inaugurating the party state conference here.

Admitting differences of opinion among the Left constituents, Mr Karat said it was natural to have divergence of views.

He also criticised the UPA government for pursuing ''pro-US policies''.

''By launching the Israeli spy satellite, India is helping Israel's hostile activities against Arab countries,'' he alleged.

Mr Karat said the CPI(M) was committed to protecting the rights of minorities and preserving the secular fabric of the country.

He appealed to the Church leadership to refrain from issuing pastoral letters against the Communists and resolve the differences through dialogues.

Criticising the Congress for calling a 'hartal' in the state against the Left government to protest the price rise of essential commodities, Mr Karat asked the Congress to hold the 'hartal' in Delhi.

Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan and CPI(M) Polit Bureau members S Ramachandran Pillai and R Umanath were present at the conference, which will conclude with a mass rally and public meeting on February 14.

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