HYDERABAD: The Communist Part of India (CPI) on Thursday demanded that the Congress proclaim its stand on MPs, MLCs and MLAs being awarded the status of ex-officio members and if so, about their voting rights in meetings of local bodies.

In an open letter to PCC president D. Srinivas, CPI State secretary K. Narayana dared the Congress saying if the party leaders believed in the voters and had faith in democracy, they should declare that ex-officio members need not have voting rights. “If they don’t, it means you do not have the confidence and don’t think you can win in the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC),” he said.

It may be recalled that except the Congress, all other political parties had included this demand of ex-officio members not being given voting rights in their manifestoes and a public interest litigation to this effect has also been filed in the High Court. Meanwhile, the party has also taken the credit for the government’s move in declaring a holiday on Nov. 23, the day of polling. Mr. Narayana said that the CPI had written to the government asking for the day to be declared as a holiday.