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Left parties welcome CMP

NEW DELHI, MAY 27. The Left parties today welcomed the Common Minimum Programme prepared by the United Progressive Alliance for the UPA Government. The Left parties, which were consulted and whose views were considered in the formulation of the document, broadly endorsed the CMP and said that its implementation would be in consonance with the verdict given by the people.

In a signed statement here, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary, Harkishan Singh Surjeet, the Communist Party of India, A.B. Bardhan, Debabrata Biswas of the Forward Bloc and Abani Roy of the Revolutionary Socialist Party, made it clear that, while broadly endorsing

the CMP, the Left parties have their differing positions on a range of economic policies. These concern issues of privatisation in various sectors, the targeted public distribution system and certain fiscal policies.

They stated that the Left parties would advocate alternative policies in these matters while continuing to support the Government. They also made it clear that the Left parties were not in favour of addressing through the CMP the question of creating any new States.

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