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UPA-Left Coordination panel to meet after session

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 12: The UPA-Left Coordination Committee will meet after a gap of two months after the post-recess Budget session concludes on May 23, CPI(M) stalwart Sitaram Yechury said today.

The meeting assumes significance in the context of the Left parties consolidating their position in West Bengal and wresting power from the Congress in Kerala in the assembly polls.

Making it clear that the Left would not destabilise the two-year old UPA government, which it supported from outside, because of its spectacular performance in the elections, it emphaised that it would exert more pressure to get the pro-people provision of the CMP.

''We hope that our proposals will get greater acceptance in the UPA-Left coordination panel,'' Mr Yechury, the party's Rajya Sabha member, told UNI.

Emphasising that the UPA-Left Coordination Committee meetings would be resumed, the CPI(M) leader said these were not held earlier because of the long schedule of the assembly polls, he added.

Mr Yechury said the party Polit Bureau meeting tomorrow will discuss the new team of captains, the cabinet and other apsects of the government formation in West Bengal and Kerala.

To a question pertaining to government formation in Asom, he quipped, ''We want a secular government there...not the one headed by the BJP.'' In reply to a question, the CPI(M) senior leader said the stability of the government will depend on its strict adherence to the CMP, the basis of their outside support.

When his attention was drawn to Finance Minster P Chidambaram's observation yesterday that the Congress being the supporting parties in Tamil Nadu, Asom and Pondicherry, he hoped that the Left parties would let the Manmohan Singh government complete its remaining three years in office.


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