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    CPI(M) will play greater role in strengthening Left Front unity

    Kolkata (PTI): A day after RSP's threat to review its continuance in ruling Left Front in West Bengal following the killing of a relative of its minister Subhas Naskar in a post-panchayat poll clash, the CPI(M) on Friday said it would do whatever was necessary to strengthen unity.

    "The Left Front exists. It is a political necessity and will continue to exist. All Front constituents have the responsibility to strenthen it, with CPI(M) having greater responsibility. The CPI(M) will do whatever is required to strengthen Front unity," LF chairman and CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose told reporters here.

    Bose said he held talks with RSP state secretary Debabrata Bandopadhyay, that of Forward Bloc Ashok Ghose and CPI's Manjukumar Majumder for strengthening LF unity.

    Senior RSP minister Manoj Bhattacharya had yesterday accused CPI(M) of throwing all norms of democracy to the wind and unleashing terror at Basanti where RSP workers were killed on May 14 and Gauri Naskar, the minister's relative, yesterday,

    He said RSP would review its continuance in the ruling coalition at its state secretariat meeting after the panchayat poll.

    Bose contended that violence at Basanti was nothing new and had taken place in the past.

    Asked about veteran marxist leader Jyoti Basu's remark on Thursday that the LF had to be built 'afresh', Bose declined comment saying he had spoken to the CPI(M) patriarch on strengthening Front unity.



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