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Yechury calls for unity of all secular forces

Kolkata: Sitaram Yechury, former general secretary of CPI-M, strongly pleaded for the unity of all secular and democratic forces to combat BJP. He was addressing the two-day state committee meeting in the city on Monday afternoon.

"Looking at the way BJP had used money and muscle power in the Tripura Assembly election, the need of the hour is the unity of all the secular and democratic forces. If we fail to do this, we will have to face questions by posterity," he said.
The infighting inside the party is widening over the issue of making alliance with Congress. In the recently held Central Committee meeting in Kolkata, the Prakash Karat lobby had clearly stated that the party would maintain equidistance from Congress and BJP.
The matter is likely to storm the party congress to be held in Hyderabad. "In view of the party's debacle in the Tripura election, time has come for its hardliners to reconsider their decision," said a veteran state committee member. A major issue that is likely to come up on Tuesday at the state committee meeting is fixing the upper age limit of its committee members to 75 years. If this is approved then Dipak Dasgupta and Dipak Sarkar, who are both 75-years-old, will have to relinquish their membership. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Shyamal Chakraborty are 74-years-old and will face trouble in carrying on.

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