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LF partners welcome Basu's comment

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"There should be no front within the Left Front"

Kolkata: Veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu's reported remark that "a front should not be set up within the [Left] Front" was welcomed here on Tuesday by senior leaders of three major constituents of the Left Front which met separately recently to ensure greater transparency and participation in the State Government's policy and decision-making processes.

"My appeal to the Left Front constituents is do not set up a front within the Front," Mr. Basu said in an interview to the Bengali daily and official mouthpiece of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in West Bengal, Ganashakti.

Mr Basu said differences among the Left Front partners should be sorted out through discussions within the Front. "Holding separate meetings will not yield [the desired] results," he said.

Significant

The remarks are significant against the backdrop of the meeting between State leaders of the Communist Party of India, the Revolutionary Socialist Party and the All-India Forward Bloc here on March 16 in the wake of their reservations over the police firing at Nandigram two days earlier — a decision, they claimed, that had been taken keeping their parties in the dark.

"No room"

Welcoming Mr. Basu's comment, AIFB general secretary Debabrata Biswas told The Hindu : "There is no room for the question of a front within the Front."

"This was not the intention of the meeting [between the three parties] which had been called in view of the developing [Nandigram] situation and which was not a permanent but only a temporary phenomenon," he said.

State Secretary of the CPI Manjukumar Majumdar said "we too do not believe that there should be a front within the Left Front. The idea should be to strengthen the Left Front as it is the only alternative in the present political situation in the country and what is on in West Bengal is a major experiment."

"The separate meeting between us, the RSP and the AIFB was held in a situation of crisis and was aimed at defusing it and strengthening the Left Front," Mr Majumdar said.

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