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``No place for AIADMK in third front''

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The national council secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI), D. Raja, on Saturday said that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) would not find a place in the proposed Left and Democratic alternative.

He told reporters here that the alternative would emerge only through a process of mass movements and struggles based on issues.

"We do not conceive this idea as an electoral alternative."

On the Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary, Jayalalithaa's appeal to the Left to withdraw support to the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre, Mr. Raja said, "Let her stop advising the Left and concentrate on giving good governance to Tamil Nadu.

The Left parties are aware of their role in the prevailing situation."

Mr. Raja said the CPI did not find any difficulty in carrying forward the efforts for Left unity, despite a change in the leadership of the CPI (M).

The coordination panel of the Left parties would meet in Delhi on May 21 and take up various issues, including the Pension Regulatory Authority Bill, on which these parties had already expressed their reservation.

To a query on the recent developments in the camp of the Sangh Parivar, he said- as the Bharatiya Janata Party was in a "total crisis" following its electoral setback, the party wanted to return to its ideological roots of Hindutva as per the instructions given by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

The CPI's national leadership would shortly convene a meeting of party functionaries belonging to the Hindi-speaking States to evolve a concrete plan of action to consolidate its existing base, restore its presence in areas where some erosion had occurred and expand its following to new areas in the region, Mr. Raja said.

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