The Left Front will fight alone in the upcoming Assembly polls in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur.
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury made the announcement at a press conference on Sunday evening.
“The CPI(M), along with the other Left parties, will contest these elections independently projecting the Left alternative policies against the dangers of the current neo-liberal economic offensive on the people and threats of communal polarisation,” a CPI(M) statement statement said after its three-day central committee meeting in Thiruvananthapuram.
Ruling out the possibility of a “grand alliance” in Uttar Pradesh, Yechury said the party’s focus would be fight communal forces and combinations in the state.
Yechury also added that his party was not averse to have adjustments with AAP in Punjab. But, AAP has to clarify on certain issues like economic policy and fight against communalism.
However, CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said the Left parties will contest the elections together, but said his party is of the view that the alliance with other non-Left secular and democratic parties “should be expanded wherever possible”.
“We will discuss this aspect with other Left parties including the CPI(M),” Reddy told PTI.
CPI wants the alliance to keep “communal forces” at bay.
Asked about seat sharing among Left parties and other secular parties, Reddy said preliminary discussions have been held and things will be finalised in the coming days.
The five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur will go to polls between February and March.
(With inputs from PTI)