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Foreign Policy-Challenge to Regional Pre-eminence

last, even though CPI(M) leaders have consistently maintained that it was not even a 'front' but only a 'co-ordination committee' with no 'programme' of any kind but "some limited objectives. . of united struggle on specific demands". But he also noted, while welcoming the participation of the Janata, along with the six parties, of the co-ordination committee, in popular struggles in Maharashtra, that "during the six months that have elapsed since the first effort at bringing together as many Left and other opposition parties for united action, however, vital changes have taken place in the situation" (emphasis added). This, he said, explained the emergence of Janata party too as part of such a front in Maharashtra. Evidently, further "vital changes" have taken place, in the view of the CPl(M), in the last month necessitating the appeal to "other opposition parties" including the BJP to join an anti- authoritarian front.

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