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Left parties to strengthen ties with UPA: Karat

Staff Reporter

KASARAGOD: Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat has said that the Left parties will strengthen its relationship with the United Progressive Alliance even as they continue to uphold their independent stance on various issues.

Talking to presspersons here on Friday, Mr. Karat said that though the Left parties had differences with the UPA Government over various issues, they were being sorted out one by one.

Welcoming the Rural Employment Guarantee Bill, he said the Left had also been demanding the rural employment guarantee included in the Congress election manifesto. The Left had expressed its resentment about the delay in implementing this assurance of the UPA Government, he said.

To a question on divisive issues in the State unit of the CPI(M), Mr. Karat said he was satisfied with the efforts taken by the State committee. There were no problems within the party that could not be solved, he added.

Asked about the CPI(M)'s attitude to the National Congress (Indira), Mr. Karat asked party leader and Kasaragod MP, P. Karunakaran, to answer.

Mr. Karunakaran said that the party State committee had decided to have no truck with the NC(I).The party, however, would go for local level adjustments with different sections, Mr. Karunakaran added.

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