The CPI (M) has decided to keep its options open on possible alliances in the next general elections till the AP Reorganisation Bill 2013 is debated in Parliament.

The party’s State leadership is weighing various factors, including prospects of a change in the political permutations and combinations that could happen after the debate on the bifurcation issue starts in the Lok Sabha. “We have decided to wait till the bifurcation issue is resolved,” a senior leader told The Hindu.

The YSR Congress leadership had made no secret of its intention to join hands with the CPI (M), the only party steadfast in its stand against bifurcation.

Senior YSRC leaders met the CPI (M)’s State and Central leaders asking them to join forces in raising issues of public importance including the campaign against bifurcation.

The Left parties had gone to the polls in alliance with the Telugu Desam and the TRS in 2009.

The situation is unlikely this time around given the TDP’s inclination to sail with the BJP.

CPI (M) senior leaders, however, feel that there is no point in discussing about alliances before the Bill comes up before the Parliament. The question of tie-ups would largely depend on the outcome of the debate in the Parliament.

“The equations will undergo significant changes if the Bill is passed in the Parliament and two States are created,” a senior leader said. The formation of separate Telangana State would restrict the YSRC to residuary AP and there was scope for a new party reportedly being considered by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy.