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Causes for split irrelevant, we are for merger with CPM: CPI

The Communist Party of India says it favours an early merger with the CPI (Marxist)

Hyderabad: Maintaining that the reasons for the split in the undivided communist party more than half a century ago are “irrelevant" now, the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Thursday favoured an early merger with the CPI (Marxist), or CPM, citing “general urge" among the people for unification of the communist movement in India.

“Our party is for reunification of the communist movement. We do believe duplicity of work by various communist parties is meaningless," CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy said.

He referred to a letter written in Hindi by a Class 9 student in which the teenager put election symbols of CPI and CPM and wondered what’s the difference between them and why the two parties were separate.

“There is general urge among the people that it (communist movement) should unite and I feel it is justified and the reasons... and causes for the split (in 1964) are irrelevant," Reddy said.

As for CPM’s response to CPI favouring a merger, he said, “They (CPM) still say that the time (for merger of two parties) has still not come. But I believe slowly there is a change among them in the recent period."

“More closer work is there. Now, when the right reactionaries are in such a big offensive, it’s time to rethink about these things. So, we would like to appeal to them once again that this is the time to discuss, think about it."

Denying that CPI was in a hurry to merge with CPM, Reddy said, “We are not in a hurry but we feel it (the merger) should not be eternally postponed like that. We don’t force anything."

CPM and CPI split in 1964 owing to Sino-Soviet tensions, attitude towards the Congress party and the communist doctrinal differences.

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