CPI(M) Polit Bureau begins to explore 3rd alternative

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New Delhi, Sep 6 (UNI) The two-day Polit Bureau meet of the CPI(M) began here today with the party leadership expressing grave concern over the attacks on Christians in Orissa, communal divide in Jammu and Kashmir and find ways and means to build a non-BJP, non-Congress third alternative.

This is the first time that the Polit Bureau meet was held after the trust vote in Lok Sabha on July 21-22. It is being held in the backdrop of the Left party slamming the Manmohan Singh government for misleading the nation on the nuclear deal, mismanagement of the economy and its failure to check the double-digit inflation.

Briefing mediapersons, CPM Polit Bureau member and Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury said the party will also discuss the unprecedented flood situation in Bihar and the Singur imbroglio.

In reply to a specific query on Singur's Nano plant project in West Bengal, Mr Yechury said Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee seems to be backtracking on her original demand that the Nano plant will not be allowed and that the 400 acres of land acquired by the state governmentt be returned to the farmers. He said that the party hoped that she will see reason and act in the larger interest of the people and the industrial development of the state.

On the nuclear deal, he said the party has demanded the Prime Minister's resignation on the plea that a government which has delayed the Monsoon Session to protect its fragile majority from being tested and not agree to hold the emergency session of Parliament to debate the issue.

He said the party will also focus on Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. In Tamil Nadu, he said, the state unit held that the party could not go with the DMK, in case the latter remained with the Congress.

In Andhra Pradesh, while the party has been working with the TDP in Parliament, the party would take note of the launch of the Praja Rajyam party (of actor Chiranjeevi) and decide accordingly.

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