CPI set for electoral alliance with TDP

November 23rd, 2008 - 6:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Nov 23 (IANS) The Communist Party of India (CPI) is all set to have an electoral alliance with Andhra Pradesh’s main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), ignoring the state leadership, which wanted a tie-up with the Praja Rajyam party floated by actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi.A resolution for an alliance with TDP was moved at the party’s state executive meet, which began here Sunday.

The party is likely to announce its decision on the alliance Monday after the debate on the resolution during the two-day meet.

The central leadership decided to sail with TDP saying it was essential for evolving a third alternative at the national level.

CPI state secretary K. Narayana, who was keen to have an alliance with Praja Rajyam, moved the resolution for an alliance with the TDP.

CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan, who participated in the meet, prevailed up on the state leaders to join hands with TDP.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), the CPI’s main ally, has already stated that it would have an alliance with TDP in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections due to be held in March-April next year.

The Left parties had fought 2004 elections in alliance with the Congress, which is ruling the state, but distanced themselves on the ground that the state government was pursuing “anti-people” policies.

TDP, which had an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the last elections, also snapped ties with it, paving the ground for a tie-up with the Left.

TDP president and former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu met leaders of CPI and CPI-M in New Delhi Friday.

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