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The party has decided to contest 12 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the State. Each of these constituencies has been placed under a leader. The senior party leader, U.N. Mishra, stressed that the issue of seat adjustments or alliance would be taken up closer to the election date. The CPI feels that ultimately it was a party's strength that would help it win an election and alliance could only be an additional factor.
``We don't want to dissipate our strength by eyeing too many constituencies. We would rather concentrate on a few and effectively pool our resources,'' Mr. Mishra said. The party has decided to contest Nalanda (which returned the Defence Minister, George Fernandes, in the last elections), Balia, Motihari, Buxar, Banka, Madhubani, Begusarai, Khagaria, Gaya, Samastipur, Nawada, Patna and Bhagalpur. Mr. Mishra, however, said that the party may give up some of the seats should it enter into an alliance.
The CPI had formed an alliance with the CPI(M) and the NCP in the recently-concluded Legislative Council election. Mr. Mishra clarified that no morcha (front) had been formed with the NCP or the LJP. The party's State unit would try to arrange a meeting of the coordination committee of the five left parties in the State to chalk out an action programme on issues such as floods, drought and the power crisis. The CPI proposed to hold three conventions at Khagaria, Darbhanga and Chapra, all in north Bihar, on these issues to mobilise the masses.
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