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CPI(M)-Cong tie-up talks for Lok Sabha polls to be at state-level: Yechury

Yechury's remarks came at a time a section of the state CPI(M) leadership was keen on an electoral understanding with the Congress to defeat the TMC and BJP in West Bengal

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

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Sitaram Yechury

Any talks of a CPI(M)-adjustment for the have to be "initiated at the state level" as the political situation is different in various states, CPI(M) has said, virtually ruling out a nationwide tie-up between the two parties.

Yechury's remarks came at a time a section of the state CPI(M) leadership was keen on an electoral understanding with the to defeat the and the BJP in

"We had said the political situation is different in various states. So any sort of talks with the Congress have to be initiated at the state level," he told reporters on the sidelines of a condolence meeting for former and politburo member here on Sunday night.

He was replying to question on why the CPI(M) was not initiating talks with the Congress at the national level to put up an anti-BJP front.

Yechury said the alliance between the and the in was a "positive" development and that a "lot more is yet to happen".

The CPI(M) leader said he is looking forward to an anti-BJP secular and democratic front at the Centre in 2019 in a "post-poll scenario".

Majority of the state Congress leaders are in favour of an informal seat-sharing arrangements with the CPI(M) in for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, senior state Congress leaders said.

Some of the top state Congress leaders have already begun "informal talks" with some CPI(M) leaders over the issue of seat adjustment.

However, the state Congress unit maintained that the final call on the decision of state-specific adjustments with the CPI(M) will be taken by

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 13:10 IST