The CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy has expressed the hope that the common struggles will pave the way for reunification of Communist parties in the country.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a seminar to mark the birth centenary of Marxist leader Putchalapalli Sundarayya here on Saturday, Mr. Reddy said the reunification was necessary as there were not many differences between the two main parties – CPI and CPI (M). The differences were also not there with other Left parties.

The issues on which the Communist movement split in 1964 were irrelevant today. Some thought that they were still relevant and yet to be discussed. “From our side, however, we are prepared to wait and discuss those issues. We are expressing a desire for Left unity but don’t want to make it a point of controversy”, he said and added that the CPI and CPI (M) were working together in the meantime.

Mr. Reddy told the seminar earlier that the CPI had discussed Left unity for two decades and arrived at a conclusion to forge reunification of parties but not merger.

Economist V.K. Ramachandran said Sundarayya carried forward an important lesson from Chinese experience to India by suggesting that the enemy class in the countryside – landlords -- should not exceed 5 to 6 per cent of the population. CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu said Sundarayya always believed that there was no relevance to class but caste, race and gender. But, he never gave up analysis of class. He wanted to mobilize working class against landlords with the aim to give them independent identity.