Time till today afternoon to end seat-sharing problems
HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has set a deadline till Monday afternoon for the TDP to settle disputes relating to five Assembly seats among the grand alliance partners. If it fails to do so, CPI (M) candidates will file nominations from constituencies favourable for the party.
At the emergency meetings of the CPI (M) State secretariat and executive, the party opined that the “unilateral” announcement by the Telugu Desam on the seats allotted to the TRS and CPI had led to the stalemate and it was for the TDP to resolve the impasse.
The CPI (M), on its part, has come out with certain alternatives to break the deadlock, but the party leaders were unwilling to share the details. The Grand Alliance had been facing rough weather after the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, CPI, and the TDP itself announced their candidates from the seats that the CPI (M) had been insisting on.
These include Wyra, Mangalagiri, Patancheru and Warangal East and the party has asked its Warangal and Medak district committees to go ahead with filing of nominations on Monday.
As the discussions were under way, the TDP sent its emissary, Kambhampati Ramamohana Rao, who conferred with the CPI (M)’s top leaders, general secretary Prakash Karat and Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury. Later, Mr. Sitaram Yechury who briefed reporters, expressed confidence that the issues would be resolved “one by one”.
“Everything will be clear by Monday afternoon. We have sent our proposals to the TDP and we are waiting for its response,” he said. Asked about the signals the deadlock was sending, he said it was bound to send a positive message as the “negotiations are open and transparent and the differences are being settled in a democratic manner.”
Scope for talks
CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu told journalists earlier that there was scope for further negotiations as the date for withdrawal of nominations would be two more days away.
Asked about the reported proposal of the TDP offering new seats, he said the party would examine them when they came.