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Left parties merger a ‘political duty’: CPI leader

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

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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