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HYDERABAD: The United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) and Left parties would launch a nationwide joint struggle against price rise in the coming days.

This was made clear both by CPI general secretary A. B. Bardhan and UNPA convenor N. Chandrababu Naidu while speaking to mediapersons after a breakfast meeting hosted by the latter at his Jubilee Hills residence here on Wednesday.

Apart from Mr. Bardhan, other CPI leaders, who attended included Gurudas Dasgupta, D. Raja, Amarjit Kaur, S. Sudhakar Reddy and Puvvada Nageswara Rao. From the TDP side, T. Devender Goud, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Ravula Chandrasekhara Reddy and K. Ramamohan Rao attended. The CPI leaders are here to participate in their party’s 20th national congress.

Emerging from the meeting Mr. Bardhan said: “We are old friends. We have worked together in the past when United Front was in power at Centre.”

The CPI has decided to launch a militant movement against price rise on April 17 and 18 and the CPI (M) too had similar plans, he added. He expressed the hope that the UNPA would support the struggle.

Karat’s nod

Mr. Naidu said he had spoken to CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat a few days ago and the UNPA was not averse to the idea.

To another question on third alternative, he said there was no discussion on political situation today. It was only on issues affecting people.

“Both Left parties and the UNPA are working for the third alternative.”