The party will be holding a National Executive Meet on May 22-23 during which challenges before it will be identified, following which another meeting will be held in the first week of July to discuss strategies on regaining strength in the region.

"There was a time when we had seven MPs elected from states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. But rise of regional leaders at the time of implementing Mandal Commission report and that of communal forces eroded our base. Now, we are going to discuss what are the spots of bother, how to tackle those, and who are the people to target to see growth in party's presence in the region," CPI National Council Secretary Shameem Faizee told reporters.

The highest number of Lok Sabha seats won by the party was 26 in 1971. In 2009, the party's presence was reduced to just six MPs.

At present, it has two MPs -- one each in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Faizee said the party plans to focus on youths and people from backward class. In addition to this, the CPI mulls engaging in dialogue with "opinion-making" people from metros like Delhi and Chennai, used to support the Left party earlier.

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