Staff Reporter

`Yellow brigade either supported rebels or others'

  • Loser for not seeing through the truck is TDP, says CPI(M)
  • Verdict against Congress: Narsinga Rao

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI(M) has accused the TDP of not keeping its side of the bargain and not striving to make the alliance work well in the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) elections.

    Had it tried hard to tackle its rebels and honestly worked, the CPI(M) would have won five more divisions, party district secretary Ch. Narsinga Rao and district secretariat member V.S. Padmanabha Raju told reporters here on Thursday.

    The loser for not seeing through the truck was the TDP, as with the additional seats of the CPI(M) it would have won the mayor post easily, they said. Fighting in alliance with the TDP in 15 divisions, the CPI(M) won two. Mr. Narsinga Rao said though the TDP was committed to the alliance, its leaders did not try to convince the rebels to bow out till five days after withdrawals began.

    TDP leaders at lower levels did not bother to get the party votes cast in favour of the CPI(M) candidates.

    They directly supported either rebels or that of the Congress or the BJP, Mr. Narsinga Rao alleged. As a result, its candidates in divisions 1, 23, 38, 50 and 61 had lost the election. Not working in the true spirit of the alliance would not augur well for the future, he said.

    In 15 divisions, the CPI(M) got its votes cast for the TDP resulting in victory. They are: 2, 4, 10, 11, 19, 30, 31, 33, 34, 39, 41, 53, 58, 64 and 65. Even in division 55 from where Congress rebel T. Nagi Reddy had won, two TDP rebels polled 2,274 and 1,844 votes. No serious effort was made to tackle the rebels there, he said.

    Anti-Congress vote

    Mr. Narsinga Rao said the verdict was against the Congress and an indictment of corruption in its regime, rising prices and other local factors.

    But the TDP defeated the voters' will of trouncing the Congress as its cadres worked against the CPI(M).