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CPM meet on polls

New Delhi, Sept. 27: The CPM politburo began its two-day meeting here today to discuss the Assembly elections in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram and the political situation in the country, reports our special correspondent.

The politburo meeting will be followed by a central committee meeting.

The CPM leadership has already informally decided to back the Congress in the Assembly polls against the BJP ó the Congressí main adversary.

They have, however, ruled out a front with the Congress, saying they will only provide tactical support to the party.

Former Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu has gone public with his support for the Congress in the forthcoming polls, saying the main challenge before the nation today is to defeat the BJP both at the Centre and in the states.

CPM general secretary Harkishen Singh Surjeet, too, has lent support to Basuís suggestion, though there have been discordant notes from within the party. The politburo will also discuss the Ayodhya situation and the new government in Uttar Pradesh led by Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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