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CPI(M) likely to contest LS seats in many states

Top CPI(M) leadership has decided to contest a number of seats in various states in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, though a final decision would be taken in March. The Politburo of the party, which met here for two days, ‘approved’ the seats to be contested in a number of states and debated the pros and cons of talks being carried out in some states with Left and non-Congress secular parties to reach an electoral understanding, party sources said.

Party leaders remained tight-lipped about the number of seats CPI(M) would contest or from which states, saying the Central Committee, which would meet for two days from March one, would take the final call. The Central Committee would also finalise the party’s election manifesto then, they said. Barring West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura, among other states CPI(M) may put up candidates could be Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and a few in the north, the sources said.
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