Left parties should work together first: Raghavulu

Hyderabad: The CPI(M) politburo member B V Raghavulu on Tuesday said that it was more important for the Left parties to work together on various public issues now rather than getting bogged down on merger.

"The merger of Left parties is not important now. More important is Left parties working together. It is not better for us if we get bogged down about merger," Raghavulu, who is Andhra Pradesh secretary of CPI(M), told reporters here.

When pointed out that the Left can be more effective if they merge, he said, "It is fine if we become more effective. But we should not end up fighting among ourselves. If we merge, it should be forever".

To a query whether he was politically correct as far as merger is concerned, Raghavulu said, "We have experience in Nepal and other countries. If we merge, it should be forever. It is not that we don't want to merge. Everybody wants merge. There is none who is against it".

Top CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury had yesterday spoken about the issue of possible merge of his party with CPI.

"The merger of the two parties, however, desirable it may be, has to undergo a certain process. One way of doing it is through the unification of various mass organisations and joint activities at the lower level, which will percolate to the top.

"I think that is a more sustainable path, rather than the leadership coming together. So that is a process that is on. The parties are working together now at the mass organisation level," Yechury had said.

CPI national secretary, D Raja, had said on Sunday that unification of the CPI and the CPM will take time though his party was consistent on it.