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Assam options open: Yechury

Guwahati, March 27: CPM leader Sitaram Yechury today said the state committee would take a call on choosing the parties it would support in Assam.

The party fielded candidates in three constituencies — Uddhab Barman in Barpeta, Hemraj Chetri in Tezpur and Rejamond Ali Barbhuyan in Silchar. It would support CPI candidate Drupad Borgohain in Jorhat.

“But in other constituencies we will support the parties who have an anti-Congress and anti-BJP stand. The state committee of the party will decide whom we will support,” said Yechury, while talking to reporters at the party’s head office, here.

Party insiders said the party was willing to have an understanding with the AGP.

“There have been discussions between the two parties. However, the party will declare its final decision only a few days before the election,” said the party insider.

The party has also ruled out supporting the AIUDF.

“We are concentrating on two things — forming a secular government and implementing an economic policy, which is different from the one adopted by the NDA and UPA,” said Yechury.

“At present, half of the country’s gross development product is in the hands of 70 billionaires. The current economic policy favours the rich and the corporate only,” he said.

Yechury also took a dig at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi stating that Gujarat, his home state, offered highest concession to corporate sectors among all the states of the country.

The party released its manifesto yesterday with promises to control price rise, check economic slowdown and generate employment for the youths. Some other highlights are immediate implementation of Forest Rights Act 2006, recognising flood and erosion as a national problem, giving ST status to six communities and improvement of rail communication in the state.

Yechury said constitution of autonomous district council on the lines of Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council would help keep Assam united as well as fulfil the demands of the indigenous communities.

Yechury today attended two meetings at Dhekiajuli and Tezpur and will address two others at Balipara and Biswanath Chariali tomorrow. He will return on Saturday.


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