Kolkata : CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said on Thursday that efforts were under way to bring major Left parties and groups together to strengthen Left unity in the country, PTI reports.

Left parties would meet on November 1 in New Delhi to formulate a strategy for the purpose. “We are trying to bring major Left parties and groups together, so that we can have a strengthened unity of Left forces in the country,” he said.

He said that consultations with various Left parties were going on for the upcoming meeting. Karat had said recently that the CPI-M would soon form a broad-based platform of Left parties to organise intensive movements in the country to resist the alleged communalisation of politics by the ruling BJP.

A Forward Bloc leader said a meeting of the Left Front constituents and Left forces outside the front would be held on Friday as a step to forge Left unity in West Bengal where the BJP was trying to occupy the main opposition space.

At the meeting to be held at CPI-M headquarters on Alimuddin Street, Left parties outside the front — SUCI-C, CRLI headed by the former naxalite leader Ashim Chatterjee, CPI(ML) Liberation and CPI-ML Santosh Rana group and the PDS — have been invited.

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