"All members of the PB (politburo) and CC (central committee) will convey their personal opinion," Bijan Dhar, a central committee member of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, told reporters here.

The two policy making bodies of the CPI-M are scheduled to meet next week in New Delhi -- the politburo on February 16 and the central committee on February 17-18. The former has 16 members and the latter 101.

"The PB and CC will also finalize the electoral strategies of the CPI-M in the (coming) Bengal elections," said Dhar, who is also the secretary of the CPI-M Tripura state committee. He said the 21st Party Congress of the CPI-M held in Vishakapatnam in April last year decided to maintain equal distance from both the BJP and the Congress.

But it also decided that the party can form electoral alliances with "secular, democratic and pro-people" parties to fight 'communal, undemocratic and anti-people parties', Dhar said. Meanwhile, a two-day West Bengal CPI-M state committee meeting began in Kolkata on Friday to finalise a stand on a possible alliance with the Congress in the state to take on the ruling Trinamool Congress. CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury, his predecessor Prakash Karat and politburo member Brinda Karat attended the crucial meeting.


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