Narayana moves resolution to sail with TDP at party’s State executive

CPI may seek at least 25 Assembly and three Lok Sabha seats in the ensuing polls

Party demands government to roll back the price of petrol and diesel

HYDERABAD: The CPI is likely to formally announce its decision to align with the Telugu Desam Party in the next elections on Monday.

CPI State secretary K. Narayana moved a resolution on the decision to sail with the TDP during the party’s State executive meeting here on Sunday.

Bardhan’s stand

The resolution comes in the light of CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan’s insistence that the decision on the alliance would be based on the national perspective besides ensuring that Left unity was maintained.

Mr. Bardhan is learnt to have explained to the State committee that aligning with the TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu would work to the advantage of the Left parties.

The CPI has reportedly decided to seek at least 25 Assembly and three Lok Sabha seats as part of the alliance. The CPI adopted another resolution demanding the government to roll back the price of petrol by Rs. 15 a litre and diesel by Rs. 10 in the light of the significant drop in crude oil prices in the international markets. It would stage demonstrations on November 27 in support of its demand.

CPI (M) to hold talks

Meanwhile, CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu told reporters that the two parties would hold discussions with other parties after a joint announcement was made on their stand on alliances. Replying to a query on the TRS which made overtures to align with the Left, he said: “Defeating the Congress continues to be on the top of our agenda and it is for TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao to clarify whether he had changed his stand.”

Meanwhile, the CPI (M) State committee, at a meeting of its executive, demanded that the government declare the mandals that received low rainfall as drought mandals and pay compensation to farmers who suffered crop losses.