Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has announced its support for the Telugu Desam Party in the forthcoming by-elections in all the Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies where the Left nominees are not in the fray.

The CPI (M) made this announcement after the party’s Polit Bureau, which met in Kolkata on Tuesday, endorsed the State Committee’s stand against having a truck with the Congress and extending support to non-Congress and non-BJP parties.

Departure from ’04

This constitutes a total departure from the CPI (M)’s position in the 2004 elections when it contested in an alliance with the Congress though it later sailed with the TDP in the panchayat elections. It also ends the suspense over the party’s line in the by-elections.

The CPI (M), however, said it would campaign independently to take its policies to the people though local cadres could canvas for votes jointly with the TDP.

It formally announced its support to the CPI’s contestants in Huzurabad and Medaram Assembly segments.

CPI stand

The CPI, however, made it clear that it would maintain an equidistance from the Congress and the TDP by not supporting their candidates. “We have decided to go it alone in the segments other than those contested by the Left parties,” CPI deputy general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy told The Hindu. Hailing the CPI (M)’s decision, the TDP hoped that the relationship would continue in the general elections.

“We welcome the significant decision that will herald a change in political alignments in the State,” T. Devender Goud said.

Joint struggle

He said it was not an overnight development but culmination of joint people’s struggles beginning with land for the landless to farmers’ problems and the price rise recently.

He also made it clear that the TDP would put up its candidates in Huzurabad and Medaram as the CPI wanted to go it alone there.