RSP decides to pull out of UPA-Left Coordination Committee

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Kolkata, Jun 2(UNI) In a major political development, the RSP, a major constituent of the Left Front, today decided to pull out of the UPA-Left Coordination Committee.

The decision, taken in protest against the spiralling prices of food and oil and unemployment, came after the party's central committee meeting in Delhi.

The party also resolved to work for an 'alternative Left Front' by broadening the present platform of four Left parties to accommodate other outfits, including the Naxalites.

" We are not happy with the UPA Government's economic policies.

It is of no use to remain in the UPA-Left Coordination Committee, which is now almost defunct, when the the Congress-led Government is not changing its policy despite our opposition," senior RSP leader Abani Roy said over phone.

Mr Roy said the RSP would convene a conclave of all Left parties in Delhi on Agust nine to chalk out modalities for a broadbased Left unity. Parties, including the CPI(ML)Liberation and the SUCI, which till now were outside the Left Front, would be invited.

At present, the CPI (M), CPI, RSP and the Forward Bloc are the only constituents of the Left Front, extending outside support to the UPA Government.

However, the RSP was not withdrawing its support to the UPA Government immediately.

" We have not withdrawn support to the government, we want to give it some more time," Mr Roy said.

He alleged that the UPA government's 'anti-people' policies, including those relating to external affairs, were having a telling effect on the country and its people.

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