CPI(M) Central Committee meeting begins in Kolkata

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Kolkata, Oct 12(UNI) The three-day meeting of the CPI(M) Central Committee began here today to discuss the strategy for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and the possibility for building up of a non-Congress and non-BJP force.

''We will be discussing mainly the overal political situation in the country, including the party's tactic for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,'' party's General Secretary Prakash Karat said.

The meeting was also expected to chalk out a campaign strategy against the 'anti-people' policies of the UPA Government and discuss issues like the financial depression across the world, signing of the 123 agreement, the recent attacks on minorities and the spurt in terrorist strikes in the country.

Mr Karat said the Central Committee members would also finalise a document on the demand for restructuring Centre-state relations.

While CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu was not attending the meeting because of ill health, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechuri and other prominent national leaders were participating in it.

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