CPI(M) AP State secretary P. Madhu has said the new Assembly to be formed after election will decide on the next capital of Andhra Pradesh considering the inputs from the expert panel. Talking to reporters here on Monday, he said neither the expert panel nor the Centre had right to name the capital.

Mr. Madhu recalled that even in 1953, the then Assembly decided on the capital which was set up at Kurnool and later the two Assemblies decided on the merger of two States and the capital.

Mr. Madhu said there were not enough safeguards in support of backward regions like Rayalaseema and North Coastal Andhra in the Reorganisation Bill. If the governments did not render justice, another round of agitations were inevitable. He called upon public to strengthen the hands of parties like CPI(M) to fight for their cause.

He said the CPI(M) which planned to contest 48 assembly and four Parliament seats would fight the election on the plank of social justice and integrated development. Mr. Madhu explained that roads in interior areas especially connecting the farms were more important than the four-lane roads as the former would generate more employment facilitating agri-based ancilliary units like poultry and dairy.

Mr. Madhu said the CPI(M) would contest from Kurnool, Kodumur and Adoni assembly segments in the district. M.A. Gafoor was named the candidate for Kurnool seat.

The CPI(M) state Secretary said the party would consider alliance with the CPI if it did not have truck with TDP-BJP combine and Congress irrespective of its stand in Telangana. He ruled out truck with the YSRC in Seemandhra saying that the party might consider an alliance with Jai Samaikyandhra Party.