The Communist Party of India (CPI) favours a new front comprising ‘Left-oriented’ political parties, but will not accommodate the Trinamool Congress in the set-up.

CPI leader A.B. Bardhan said this while talking to journalists here on Thursday.

Describing Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee as “pseudo-Left,” he said the West Bengal Chief Minister was “mouthing Left slogans” because the masses in the State were Left-oriented. The Left parties would “absolutely and thoroughly” join hands with democratic forces to fight the anti-people policies of the State government.

Assembly elections

On the coming Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, Mr. Bardhan said that as far as Himachal was concerned, the ruling BJP would lose and many other parties would emerge.

Mr. Bardhan, however, evaded a direct reply on who would be the winner in Gujarat. He said the Left was a “weak force” in the State. But in Himachal they were “far better.”

Leaders of the CPI(M) and CPI would meet on Saturday to discuss Left unity. Later there would be a meeting with other Left parties such as the Forward Bloc, RSP and the CPI(ML).

Land acquisition

Meanwhile, the CPI has protested against the governments “forcible acquisition” of land, which was resulting in displacement of common people.

Party leader Atul Kumar Anjaan told journalists, “The peasants have been carrying on mass movements in various States against the policies of the Central and State governments on issues related to water, forest and land. Farmers have been facing lathi-charge and firing in the course of these struggles.”

He accused the governments of misusing the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 to acquire the multi-crop lands of farmers and hand them over to corporates and builders. Even multinational companies were capturing the lands of small and medium farmers in the name of development and neo-liberal policies.

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