The two-day State Committee meeting of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) that concluded here on Tuesday discussed the political situation prevailing in Andhra Pradesh and said the Congress' desperate attempts to appoint new leaders would be fruitless.

At a briefing here, State secretary B.V. Raghavulu cited the example of Botcha Satyanarayana as the president of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee and wondered what difference it would make when a Congress MP, G. V. Harsha Kumar, himself described the PCC president as “highly corrupt and anti-Dalit”.

Merger

Asked about the merger of the Left parties, he said that they would prefer fighting together on people's issues right now, rather than just merge and split later down the line.

Bringing pressure together on governments to concentrate on problems faced by people was more important at this stage, he added.

On alliances with other political parties in the elections to local bodies, he said they would prefer sailing with those that would give them maximum mileage and field candidates in places where they had a solid base.

Mr. Raghavulu said the State Committee meeting chalked out agitation plans on issues like health, sanitation, education and nodal agency for the Scheduled Castes sub-plan.

Between June 17 and 24, the party would observe an Education Week to focus on problems in the education sector.

Between June 25 and 30, the party's units would look into health and sanitation issues. Deliberations included implementation of G.O. Ms. No. 3 that pertained to wages of about 10.5 lakh contract casual employees working in 190 government departments and who were not covered by the Pay Revision Commission and cancellation of permission accorded to about 50 merchant power plants.

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