CPI gears up for Bihar Assembly polls

The CPI has begun the exercise of identifying constituencies in Bihar for the upcoming assembly polls and asked its state unit to begin preparations.

Last Updated: May 14, 2010, 18:42 PM IST

New Delhi: The CPI has begun the exercise
of identifying constituencies in Bihar for the upcoming
assembly polls and asked its state unit to begin preparations.

The issue came up at the day-long meeting of the
party`s National Executive here yesterday, where the political
situation in West Bengal and the Kolkata municipal elections,
slated this month end, also came up for discussion.
The CPI, which has three legislators in the Bihar
Assembly, plans to align with other Left parties in the
forthcoming assembly elections. The CPI(M) has one seat while
the CPI-ML (Liberation) has five.

On the "volatile" situation in Manipur, the party top
brass decided to ask the government to keep a close watch over
the situation in the wake of the proposed visit of NSCN(IM)
General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah and take all necessary
steps to prevent any violence between different sections
of the society there.

"The situation should not be allowed to go out of
control. All steps must be taken (by the Union Home Ministry)
to prevent any violence between Nagas, Kukis or the Meiteis,"
CPI National Secretary D Raja said.

The National Executive reviewed the Left agitation
over price rise, food security and unemployment, including the
nationwide strike last month and decided to continue the
campaign throughout the country, he said.
The UPA-II government`s performance in the first year
of office was discussed in this context, particularly its
economic policies which came in for severe criticism.

The internal security situation and handling of the
Maoist violence also came up for discussion at the meeting.

The meeting was attended by party General Secretary A
B Bardhan and National Secretaries Raja and G Sudhakara Reddy,
among others.

The CPI leaders decided to raise these issues at a
meeting with other Left parties soon and hold further
discussions at the forthcoming meeting of the National Council
in Hyderabad from June 13 to 16.

PTI