Left parties merger a ‘political duty’: CPI leader
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 18:08
Coimbatore: Welcoming CPI-M politburo member Sitaram Yechury's remarks about possible merger of the two Left parties, Tamil Nadu unit CPI Secretary D Pandian on Tuesday said the merger was a "political duty".

"Merger of CPI and CPI-M was a political duty of national significance and necessity and also compulsion of time," he told reporters here.

The merger process should be accelerated and completed before the All India Conferences of the two Left parties scheduled in March 2012, he said.

Yechury yesterday spoke of a possible merger of CPI and CPI-M hoping the two Left parties can come together in the near future after their split nearly five decades ago, but said no time-frame could be given for the completion of the process.

Pandian said there were no major ideological differences between CPI and CPI-M, which came into being in 1964 after some leaders broke away from the parent party.

A united Communist Party would be able to fight for people's causes, particularly in the prevailing situation of corruption and scams, he said.

Welcoming the implementation of seven electoral promises of AIADMK by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, Pandian said the government should expedite the nationalisation of Cable TV network in the state.

He also lauded the resolution passed in the Assembly seeking economic sanctions against Sri Lanka.

He said the state government should take steps to retrieve lands encroached by grabbers and reinvestigate cases relating to death of three employees of Tamil daily Dinakaran in Madurai and police-lawyers clash in Madras High Court campus and bring the culprits to book.


First Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 18:08

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