CPI(M) to discuss building an alternative force in party congress

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Kolkata, Mar 27 (UNI) The CPI(M) would discuss at its party Congress in Coimbatore the possibilities to build up an alternative force in the country, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said.

''Both BJP-led NDA and Congress-led UPA governments have failed to fulfil the people's demands. So we are looking for an alternative. We shall discuss this issue of alternative at our 19th party Congress,'' he said while addressing a rally, organised here to celebrate the Left victory in Tripura Assembly polls.

''We want Left unity and alternative forces in the country. The Tripura election result will provide more strength to the Left parties. So an alternative force is needed immediately which we will discuss at the Coimbatore party congress, '' he added.

He alleged that the prices of the essentials were skyrocketing due to the Congress policy and '' We have asked the UPA government to learn a lesson from the past, but they are not accepting our advices.'' He said the Congress had alliance with the terrorist outfit INPT in the Tripura Assembly election, but the people had given a befitting reply to the Congress.

He also said there were seven states in the North East, but only the Left Front-led Tripura government never compromised with any terrorist outfit.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar alleged that the Congress-led UPA government had deviated from the Common Minimum Programme and was negotiating with the imperialist forces for the Nuke deal.

The Left had been continuously opposing the signing of Nuke deal inside and outside Parliament, he said.

''We are trying to set up industries on the basis of agriculture in Tripura and seeking help of the Opposition parties for the development of the state,'' Mr Sarkar said.

Left Front Chairman Biman Bose and leaders of other Front partners also spoke in the rally.

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