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CPM hints at poll tie-up with Dal

CPM politburo member S. Ramchandra Pillai on Tuesday said the party would like to have an electoral adjustment with the ruling JD(U) to help defeat the non-UPA and non-NDA parties in the state.

Pillai also clarified that the party was working hard for a Left, secular democratic alliance in the state.

“Fast political developments took place in Bihar in the past six months. JD(U)-BJP parted ways. This is a major development for the state. It would help isolate the BJP and defeat the Congress in the state and for this, the CPM would explore the possibilities of having electoral adjustments with non-UPA and non-NDA parties in Bihar,” Pillai told the media.

The party’s central secretariat member, Hannan Mollah, and the state secretariat member, Arun Mishra, were accompanying Pillai at the news meet.

On whether he was referring about stitching an alliance with Nitish’s JD(U), Pillai said: “It is mainly the JD(U) in Bihar with which we can have electoral understanding.”

Replying to a query, Pillai said CPM had not decided how many seats to contest from the state as it was still working for unity among Left parties in Bihar.

Pointed out that CPI-ML(Liberation) had already announced that it would contest 20 seats in the state, Pillai said: “We are holding discussions for a Left unity to ensure the defeat of both the Congress-led UPA and the BJP-led NDA partners. We would be able to maintain the Left unity.”

The party has decided to organise campaigns in January and February against price rise, corruption and unemployment, he said.

The party would organise a statewide demonstration in the city on February 21.

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