VISAKHAPATNAM: Soon after being elected as the new general secretary of the CPM, Sitaram Yechury asserted that the merger with the CPI would certainly happen in the future, though there is no time-frame for it. Until then, the CPM would strengthen its base and strive for the unity of the Left forces, he added.
Speaking to the media after the conclusion of the 21st Party Congress in Visakhapatnam on Sunday, Sitaram Yechury said that the merger was still on the cards.
“But, we need to strengthen our party first, based on which work for the unity of Left forces would be taken up. Later, we would strive for mobilising Left and democratic forces together,” he said.
However, he refused to set a time frame for the merger and said that efforts were on for it to happen at the earliest. “It may take two months or six months.
“But it will happen definitely and that is our determination and also promise,” he added.
Replying to a query on the challenges before him, he said the challenges were to strengthen the party, followed by building the unity of Left forces, and bringing the Left and democratic forces together in that order. He said that the priority would be on how to move forward on the basis of the struggle against the economic policies that are imposed resulting in greater burden on people, and also the communal ideology which was dividing the country and the people.