CPI to field 100 candidates for Assembly polls

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New Delhi, Oct 30 (UNI) The top leadership of the Communist Party of India (CPI) will gather here for two days from tomorrow to finalise the list of candidates for the Assembly polls in six states.

''The party is expected to field as many as 100 candidates in these polls and the attempts are being made to avoid mutual contests with the 'big brother' CPI(M),'' Party National Secretary Shamim Faizi told UNI.

The two-day discussions, besides finalising the electoral strategy, will seriously ponder over the Manmohan Singh government's attempt to undermine the institution of Parliament. ''It is obvious that the government, which is in a minority, does not want to face Parliament.'' The other issues to be discussed include the deteriorating communal situation, unprecedented price rise and government's inefficiency and lack of will to meet the challenge posed to the Indian economy in the backdrop of the global meltdown.

''We will review the government's measures to insulate the economy,'' said Mr Faizi, who is also the editor, party weekly mouthpiece 'New Age.' The Left leadership is also likely to call for a sustained agitation against price rise, which has made the lives of the poor, the lower and the middle classes miserable, he said adding that inflation was once again showing an upward trend.

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