Staff Reporter

Mode of campaigning not yet chalked out

CPI(M) to support Telugu Desam State-wide

CPI to back independents with credentials

Sangareddy: The Left parties in Medak district would take a plunge in the campaign only after May 15, the day of withdrawals. While the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is supporting Telugu Desam Party in a state-wide understanding, the CPI wants to support a few independents with democratic credentials.

Speaking to The Hindu, the CPI (M) district secretary Chukka Ramulu said that the party has yet to decide on the mode of campaign.

The issue was whether to participate in joint campaign with TDP cadre or do it independently. At present, the Marxists have limited their presence to nomination of candidates.

He said that the cadre has no reservations working in tandem with the TDP, as the effort was aimed at defeat of the Congress.

The Marxists worked together with the TDP during the Zilla Parishad elections, during which the Telugu Desam Party had supported ZPTC candidates of CPI(Marxist) in Siddipet, Zaheerabad and Patancheru. Commenting on the profound tilt of TDP towards Telangana, Mr. Ramulu said that his party which stood for an united Andhra Pradesh has decided to take a fresh decision after the byelections on its support to TDP.

Speaking to The Hindu, Prakash Rao district secretary of CPI, said that the party has decided to maintain equidistance from major political parties. It will no longer play second fiddle to any of the three main parties. It hopes to emerge individually by the next general elections.

Eye on third alternative

Mr .Prakash Rao said that his party would make all out effort to strengthen the third alternative in the State and hence has opted out of campaigning in favour of any political party. But he said, that CPI would wait till the day of withdrawal of nominations so that the local cadre could support independents.

The CPI in Medak would like to concentrate all its energies in the newly carved Assembly segment of Patancheru along with its traditional stronghold Narsapur in the general elections.