LF allies talk on distancing themselves from Cong-led coalition

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Kolkata, Jun 2(UNI) Even as the Revolutionary Socialist Party(RSP) today announced its decision to pull out of the UPA-Left Coordination Committee, partners of the four-party Left Front continued talks on distancing themselves from the Congress-led coalition government at the Centre.

'' We have been discussing how to distance ourselves from the UPA.

There is a need for political evaluation,'' Forward Bloc general secretary Debabrata Biswas said.

Talking to UNI over phone on RSP's decision to quit the UPA-Left Coordination Committee, Mr Biswas said the very purpose of the body, which was set up to review policies and sort out differences, had been diluted.

He, however, observed that its impact would have been much greater had all the four constituents of the Left Front been a part of the decision.

Commenting on the development, CPI(M) state committee secretary Biman Basu said the coordination committee had long remained defunct and it did not make any difference to remain a part of it or walk out of it.

'' No meeting of the coordination committee was held for about two years. It was ineffective and inoperative. So it makes no difference to pull out or remain a part of it,'' he told reporters.

In reply to a question on the effort for a broadbased Left unity, Mr Basu said discussions on this issue were on and the process had been continuing in parts.


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