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Congress-led Grand Alliance in Telangana Stuck on Seat-sharing, Says CPI Gen Secy

Congress, Telugu Desam Party and Communist Party of India announced the formation of a pre-poll grand alliance with Congress last month.


Updated:October 16, 2018, 7:02 PM IST
Congress-led Grand Alliance in Telangana Stuck on Seat-sharing, Says CPI Gen Secy
File photo of CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy
New Delhi: The proposed Congress led grand alliance in Telangana to counter the ruling TRS in the upcoming assembly election in the state has been stuck around issues relating to seat sharing, CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy has said.

Congress, TDP (Telugu Desam Party) and CPI (Communist Party of India) announced the formation of a pre-poll grand alliance with Congress last month.

Later, the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) led by M Kodandram and other smaller parties expressed their interest in joining forces with the alliance which is yet to be formalised.

India's newest state, having 119 seats, will go to polls on December 7 this year.

"Talks on seat sharing issue are still on. We are yet to have a consensus on seat sharing. I think the Congress wants to contest in 75 per cent or more of the total seats. If the alliance materialises then it will give a tough fight to TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi)", Reddy told PTI.

Reddy said that CPI wants to contest in 12 constituencies.

"In nine constituencies, we have good chance of winning. Hence we can't compromise on these nine constituencies", said Reddy.

He cautioned that delay in solving seat sharing issues could affect the winning prospects of alliance candidates.

"We are already late in announcing the list of our candidates. I hope the seat sharing issues will be solved soon", Reddy said.

The CPI general secretary said talks between partners of the proposed grand alliance were also held on the common minimum Programme (CMP).

He added the grand alliance's CMP would include issues such as completion of the state's irrigation projects, filling of two lakh job vacancies in different government departments, compensation to family members of farmers who had committed suicide and distribution of land among landless farmers.

Blaming the K Chandrasekhar Rao led state government for lack of proper development in Telangana, particularly in agriculture and its allied sectors, the veteran CPI leader alleged that the TRS government was "dictatorial, repressive and corrupt."

"The total expenditure on irrigation projects was inflated. At the same time, it was repressive and democratic rights of people were curbed many times", alleged Reddy.

Casting aspersions on the other alliance formed by CPI(M) with smaller left parties called Bahujan Left Front (BLF), Reddy said that it would affect the winning prospects of many candidates of both the left parties.

"We want CPI (M) to join us in the grand alliance. But they have their own agenda and we have ours. In two districts of Nalgonda and Khammam, there will be split of communist votes if BLF candidate will contest against us", added Reddy.

CPI (M) had already announced it will work for the defeat of the ruling TRS and the BJP.

In order to achieve this the Bahujan Left Front (BLF) of which the CPI(M) is an important part, will contest in many constituencies. The CPI(M) on its own election symbol has announced the first list of 12 candidates for the state.

In last assembly election in Telangana, both CPI and CPI(M) had won in one constituencies each.

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| Edited by: Padmaja Venkataraman
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