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CPM joins hands with SP,JD(S)

It has joined hands with the Samajwadi Party and the JD(S) to contest the Assembly elections together in Rajasthan later this year.

Although it has ruled out the possibility of formation of a third alternative before the Lok Sabha elections,the Left has begun an exercise to enter into state-level alliances with “like-minded parties” which could pave the way for a possible post-poll alliance.

It has joined hands with the Samajwadi Party and the JD(S) to contest the Assembly elections together in Rajasthan later this year.

CPM general secretary Prakash Karat said the alliance in Rajasthan will be based on a common policy. “There will be a declaration or joint statement by CPM,CPI,SP and JD(S),” he told The Indian Express. He said the four parties will hold a convention on July 21 to formally announce the formation of the alliance.

The Left parties had recently unveiled “alternative policies” and invited “secular and democratic” parties to be part of this “alternative policy platform”. While it believes the chance of formation of a non-Congress,non-BJP pre-poll front was thin,the Left bloc is looking at the post-poll scenario hoping the regional parties will perform better.