Members of the Communist Party of India have mooted the idea of creating an alternative forum comprising the Left parties and progressive political groups.

Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, State Associate Secretary of the CPI Shoukat Ali Alur said that in the prevailing confusing political atmosphere, the voters were observing the tactics being employed by various political parties to hoodwink them and they would definitely teach them a lesson in the next elections.

Mr. Alur said the CPI was organising a mega political rally at Chikmagalur in February. CPI national secretary D. Raja will take part in it.

The State Executive Committee meeting of the party on February 2 and 3 will decide on Assembly seats for which the party would be fielding its candidates.

Mr. Alur added that the CPI, CPI (M) and the Forward Block (FB) had decided to field their candidates in 42 Assembly constituencies and initial rounds of discussion on it had already been held in Bangalore.

As per the arrangement, the CPI would be contesting for 16 Assembly seats while the CPI (M) would contesting for 20 Assembly seats and the Forward Block would contest for 6 Assembly seats.

The parties will chalk out programmes and organise public meetings to sensitise voters on their rights and to create awareness on the anti-people policies of the State and Union governments, he said.

Mr. Shoukat Ali Alur said that the party had decided to support the all-India strike on February 20 and 21 in protest against rising inflation, disinvestment in public sector undertakings and contract labour system. The Left parties had completed the signature campaign on the issue and the same would be submitted to the President of India shortly, he said.

Mr. Alur said that the CPI would urge voters not to get duped by the political parties like the BJP, Congress and JD (S).

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