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'Efforts on to make people's front viable'

By Our Staff Reporter

THANJAVUR, JUNE 13. Efforts would be taken to make the People's Front, now formed by four Left parties, the Samajawadi Party, the Janata Dal(S) and Mr. V.P. Singh into a viable national alternative, Mr. D. Raja, all-India CPI secretary, said here today.

He told presspersons that the front's programmes had been worked out and that it was for other secular parties to respond to make the front a national alternative.

When the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa, was in Delhi, ``she was very positive towards the People's Front,'' Mr. Raja said. If support from other secular parties came, the front would accept it. In the national scenario, Mr. Raja said the policies of the BJP Government were weakening the national economy. As a result of the export import policy announced by Mr. Murasoli Maran, Central Minister and leader of the DMK, an ally of the BJP, there was fall in the price of agriculture produce. Poultry and dairy products were imported from other countries.

The agricultural economy was a shambles as the prices of coconut, rubber, tea and coffee had fallen.

The national executive of the CPI would meet from July 14 to 17 and discuss protest plans individually by the party and also jointly with its allies against the economic policies of the Government.

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