The Communist Party of India (Marxist) is of the view that barely a year into office, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) looks more vulnerable than before.

“Within one year of office, the UPA government is more isolated in Parliament than when it came last year with the support of over 300. Its position looks vulnerable and precarious,” CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat told The Hindu.

Ahead of the party's three-day Central Committee meeting here this week, Mr. Karat said the effort of the non-UPA, non-National Democratic Alliance Opposition to raise the issue of price rise would be among the issues that would figure at the May 5 to 7 meeting.

Role of SP, RJD

As for the role of the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal, he said, these parties took part in the strike in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh despite differences on issues such as theWomen's Reservation Bill.

Besides discussing the experience of working together with 13 parties on the issue of price rise, the meeting would deliberate on political developments, including the budget session, as also the controversy surrounding the Indian Premier League.

The meeting also comes ahead of elections to municipalities in West Bengal later this month. The Trinamool Congress and the Congress haver decided to contest independently in the polls.

Mr. Karat said the major thrust of the deliberations would be on organisational matters, including a mid-term review of the work done in the light of the decisions taken at the 2008 Party Congress.

With a decision having taken to defer the next party congress (due next year) till after the West Bengal Assembly elections, the Central Committee would also finalise the dates and venue for the extended Central Committee meeting to be held in Andhra Pradesh.

At the last meeting, the Central Committee heard the report on rectification campaign on the Polit Bureau and this time it would hear the progress on the committee itself.

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