Convening U.P. Assembly session best solution: CPI

NEW DELHI NOV. 9. The Communist Party of India feels that calling a special session of the Legislative Assembly is the most appropriate way to resolve the political crisis in Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP dissidents have challenged the Mayawati-led BSP-BJP coalition Government.

With dissidence in the BJP ranks acquiring a confrontationist tone— the rebels having fielded an independent candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls— the CPI says the Governor, Vishnukant Shastri, should immediately summon the session to test majority of the ruling coalition. The political turbulence in Uttar Pradesh and the electoral strategy for Gujarat are among the issues to be discussed at the CPI's two-day national executive beginning here on Monday.

On Uttar Pradesh, the CPI general secretary, A.B. Bardhan, said that unless the Governor called a special session of the Assembly to sort out the claims and counter-claims, the situation could lead to chaos.

"It would lead to political chaos and play of mafia gangs against each of the political party,'' he said.

The best way out for the Chief Minister, Mayawati, to re-establish her hold was to prove it on the floor of the House.

On Gujarat, the CPI and other Left parties are of the view that they along with other secular and democratic parties should engage the BJP in a direct contest.

The Congress, which is the main challenger to the BJP in Gujarat, has said it was holding talks with parties such as the Left, the Samajwadi Party and the Nationalist Congress Party at the State-level for an electoral understanding.

Apparently, the CPI and the CPI (M) are looking forward to contest at least one seat each, at Jamnagar and Bhavnagar.

The party national executive would also take up the issues that need to be raised during the winter session of Parliament beginning on November 18. Atul Anjan, national secretary, said the Vajpayee Government's policy of disinvestment provided an opportunity for the Opposition to join hands.

With differences arising in the ruling National Democratic Alliance itself over the approach to disinvestments, the scope of the opposition to such parties could be enlarged.

Another area of focus would be the NDA Government's foreign policy, which the CPI leader said was being framed to suit "Washington's interest".

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