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.

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

However, he avoided a direct reply to a question who would be the winner in Gujarat. He said the Left was a “weak force” in the State. But in Himachal it was “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, the RSP and the CPI(ML).

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