A state-level convention of the Left parties was held in Bhopal on September 9. Speaking at the convention, Left leaders accused both the Congress and the BJP of destroying the country and sabotaging the working of democratic institutions. While these parties get together on economic issues like the passage of the Pension Fund Regulatory Authority Bill, FDI in insurance etc., parliament is not allowed to function when issues affecting the people like inflation and farmer suicides etc. are discussed.
The joint convention sought to project the alternative policies that are being advocated by the Left. The Convention also condemned the atrocities being perpetrated on women, minorities and dalits. The Convention was addressed by the state secretaries and leaders of the CPI and the CPI(M).