CPI(M) to discuss steps to spread wings in Hindi heartland

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New Delhi, Feb 20 (UNI) The top leadership of the CPI(M), gathering here for its Polit Bureau meeting from February 25, will discuss steps to be taken for spreading its wings in the Hindi heartland besides reviewing the party's stand on the Indo-US nuclear deal and its relationship with the UPA government.

The bitter ''factionalism'' in the party's Kerala unit and greater Left unity will also be high on the agenda of the two-day meet, being held nearly a month before the CPI(M) Congress at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu in March end.

''The party PB will finalise an important document-- the Political-Organisational Report-- which is to be approved by the party Central Committee meeting here on March 6, 7 and 8," party senior leader and PB member M K Pandhe told UNI.

Other party senior leaders Salim Mohammad and Niltopal Basu said the CC had already released the Political Resolution for inner party discussions upto the level of party unit. The party would discuss independent and collective amendments at the 125-member CC meeting, which would approve these. Once approved, the Report would be ready for presentation at the 19th party Congress, scheduled from March 29 to April 3 in Coimbatore.

It would form the basis of deliberations for nearly 1000 delegates from various states.

The 17-member party PB is taking place at a time when the CPI (M) is grappling with the onerous task of reviving the non-Congress, non-BJP third alternative to take on the BJP in the forthcoming nine state Assembly elections this year and the general elections next year.

This is all the more important in the wake of the reports that the Congress is planning to advance the Lok Sabha polls in October- November and ''sacrifice'' the Manmohan Singh government on the nuke issue to get the votes of a strong 300 million middle class.

The CPI (M) has also to deal with factionalism in the Kerala unit, Nandigram and Singur violence and Left constituents'- the Forward Bloc and the RSP-- growing unhappiness with the ''big brother''.

On spreading its wings in Hindi heartland like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Jharkhand, Mr Pandhe said: ''It is true the party could not advance as much as had been desired. But, we will chalk out a strategy towards this goal.'' About strengthening Left unity, the CPI(M) leaders said the party would discuss the matter with the party constituents and make all out efforts to make it strong. ''Of course, as ours is the biggest Left unit, the biggest responsibility lies on us,'' they added.

The CPI(M) has to win over other Left parties on several issues like the coming Rajya Sabha election in West Bengal, the Dinhata killings of the Forward Bloc workers, decision of the Forward Bloc and the RSP to contest the Panchayat polls independently and the FB going on its own in the Tripura Assembly election.

On factionalism in Kerala unit, Mr Pandhe said his party at a recent state committee conference had resolved the issue amicably.

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