Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Assessing the political landscape in the country in the wake of the July trust vote by the United Progressive Alliance government and the possible contours of a national electoral alternative will be high on the agenda at the two-day Polit Bureau meeting of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) starting here on Saturday.

“This is the first meeting after the United Progressive Alliance government won the trust vote and we will be discussing the political developments and rallying together of political forces towards a non-Congress, non-BJP electoral alternative in the country,” party general secretary Prakash Karat told The Hindu.

He said the party would also focus on Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. In Tamil Nadu, the decision of the State unit was that the party could not go with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in case the latter remained with the Congress. This was keeping in line with the national approach.

In Andhra Pradesh, while the party has been working with the Telugu Desam Party in Parliament, the discussion would take note of the launch of the Praja Rajyam party, actor Chiranjeevi’s party.

The Polit Bureau would also review other developments including the situation in Jammu & Kashmir, the spurt in terrorist violence in various parts of the country, attacks against Christians in Orissa, the Singur imbroglio and the Bihar floods, where the party has decided to carry-out relief work.