Staff Reporter

Party leaders meet in secret to discuss modalities of tie-up

TDP agrees to give away 24 ZPTCs and 18 MPP president posts apart from ZP chairperson postBoth sides to announce list of constituencies they are going to contest in a couple of days

NALGONDA: A day after it had decided against forging an alliance with the Congress, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) made up its mind to team up with the Telugu Desam Party to fight in the panchayat elections.

For the first time after a long time, leaders of the CPI (M) led by its district secretary Ch. Sitaramulu and the Telugu Desam led by its State unit vice-president Gutta Sukhender Reddy met at an undisclosed place in the town on Sunday to discuss the modalities to forge an alliance.

Anantarama Sarma, N. Narasimha Reddy and T. Veera reddy of the CPI (M) and Lingaiah Yadav, A. Sudarshan, Uma Madhava Reddy, S. Venkateswar Rao and M. Somi Reddy of the TDP took part in the deliberations.

According to reliable sources, the TD expressed its willingness to give away 24 Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies and 18 Mandal Praja Parishad president posts apart from the all-important ZP chairperson post for the CPI (M). As the TD was more than willing to accept the demands of the Communist Party, the meeting went off peacefully.

Both sides will announce the list of constituencies they are going to contest in a couple of days, sources revealed.

"We have to settle a couple of issues before announcing our electoral understanding for the public," a leader told The Hindu on Sunday night. The local Congress leaders said that their high command was tough with the CPI and the TRS leaders at Hyderabad.