Ready for discussion with Left parties if they initiated it

Communist Marxist Party (CMP) leader M.V. Raghavan has said his party will remain in the United Democratic Front (UDF) even as it is ready to hold discussions with Left parties if the latter initiated the talks.

Talking to reporters at a press conference after the party’s Polit Bureau meeting at the party office here on Tuesday, he said the CMP would never approach the leadership of the Left parties for talks.

Setting at rest the speculation that the CMP may delink from the UDF, Mr. Raghavan said the CMP had never stated that the party would leave the UDF. He, however, said the CMP would cooperate with other parties on issues concerning the public and conduct joint agitations.

CMP’s Polit Bureau members C.P. John, K.R. Aravindakshan, C.A. Ajeer, M.K. Kannan, M.H. Sharrier, G. Sugunan, and T.C.H. Vijayan attended the meeting.

Mr. Aravindakshan said the meeting entrusted party general secretary (Mr. Raghavan) to take political decisions of the party. The leaders would discuss the party’s demands before the UDF meeting scheduled on March 7.

He said the party would continue to be an ally in the UDF. The CMP would implement the six-point charter adopted by the party congress to strengthen party units in all panchayats.

Mr. Raghavan’s recent announcement that the CMP would discuss issues including a proposal for exit from the UDF if the situation warranted it and that the party was ready to hold talks with the leadership of the Left parties had triggered media speculations that the party was all set to snap its ties with the UDF.

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