CPI-M to support TDP in Andhra by-elections

April 30th, 2008 - 12:42 am ICT by admin  

Hyderabad, April 29 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Tuesday decided to back the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the May 29 by-elections in Andhra Pradesh. The party politburo, which met in Kolkata, took the decision, which is in line with the party’s efforts to build a non-Congress and non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alternative.

CPI-M state leader Y. Venkateshwara Rao told newsmen here that the party would back the TDP in the constituencies other than those where the Left parties are fielding their candidates.

The CPI-M has already announced candidates for two assembly constituencies while the Communst Party of India plans to contest two assembly seats. Thus CPI-M will support TDP in the remaining 14 assembly and four Lok Sabha constituencies.

The by-elections were necessitated by the resignations of four MPs and 16 MLAs belonging to the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) in protest over the delay in granting separate statehood to the Telangana region. Two assembly seats fell vacant due to the death of ruling Congress and TDP legislators.

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