GUWAHATI, Feb 2 � The Communist Party of India (CPI), Assam State Council on Wednesday stated that the change which the people of Assam are wishing for can be ushered in only by the combined effort of all left, democratic and secular political parties.
Addressing media persons here, Promode Gogoi, member, national executive of CPI said that under the prevailing conditions, only an alliance of like minded parties can fight the battle against corruption and misuse of power.
�But the trend amongst political parties in Assam is that of contesting the forthcoming Assembly elections single handedly,� said Gogoi, adding that the CPI was open for forging an alliance with like minded parties.
It needs to be mentioned here that the party has already held several round of discussions with the AGP, AIUDF, NCP, etc on this issue of alliance but hasn�t got positive response as yet.
Gogoi said that the answer from the AGP camp was that it would not join hands with a national party. The BJP has already hinted on several occasions that it was ready to fight the elections all alone. �All the major political parties are publishing their candidate list. We too have come up with a candidate list and it will be finalized by the end of this month,� informed Gogoi mentioning that as time was short, the party would finalize the election relation matters by the end of February.
The CPI has prepared a list of candidates from 13 districts comprising 33 constituencies. �We are still hopeful of an alliance, and our list will be finalized on the response we get from other parties,� said Gogoi.
The list of CPI candidates will be decided by its State executive committee.
On the other hand, Gogoi said that popular support for the CPI was still strong and the young generation had respect for the ideology of the party.
The party has called upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to do the needful for inclusion of Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Moran, Mottock, Chutia and Tea community in the list of ST (P) in Assam before the Assembly elections.