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Kolkata, September 30
CPM patriarch Jyoti Basu said today his party would finally decide on their withdrawal of support from the Manmohan government after the left parties’ forthcoming meeting with the UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, and the Prime Minister on October 14. But, he still hoped the present crisis, over the nuclear deal, could be finally overcome. “Two UPA-Left meetings on the nuclear deal are to be held on October 5 and 14. Let us first see whether they offer some concession. Then we will decide,” Basu said.

Basu was talking to the media persons at Alimuddin Street party after attending the second-day meeting of the party’s central committee.

Yesterday, Basu had declared that the party would not compromise on the Indo-US nuke deal, but would give more time to the Congress to take a final stand on the issue before deciding on “appropriate measures”.

The veteran leader said he had already conveyed the party’s unrelenting stand to external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, also the convener of the joint committee.

According to party sources, on the second day of its three-day meeting, the central committee decided to get themselves prepared for the snap poll.

The party general secretary, Prakash Karat, stressed the need for revamping the party at the grassroots.

The leadership had decided that the on-going internal rifts, prevailing in several states, particularly, in Kerala, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh be resolved forthwith and if needed, the party state committee and the district committees in the states be reconstituted and re-vamped.

The committee also decided to fill all the vacant posts in the 17-member politburo and accordingly, the list of candidates be prepared by the states and sent them to the general secretary.

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