Decision of CPI(M) to field its candidates for two seats turning out to be the bone of contention

Simmering differences between the two Left parties – Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the CPI – surfaced yet again.

The two parties are sharply divided over their stand on the forthcoming by-elections to seven Assembly constituencies, including six in Telangana, with the CPI (M)'s announcement on fielding its nominees to two seats turning out to be the bone of contention.

The CPI (M) resolved to field nominees from Kovvur in Nellore and Station Ghanpur in Warangal and the party is reportedly exploring options to contest from Kollapur in Mahbubnagar district where it has notable presence. The decision, however, angered the CPI which criticised the “unilateral” announcement without consulting the like-minded Left parties.

“At a time when the two parties are together monitoring the developments since the past few days, it is unfortunate that we came to know about such a major decision through media reports,” a CPI leader said.

CPI (M) leaders, however, maintained that they informed their CPI counterparts, in writing, about the two constituencies identified and sought cooperation of the CPI so as to ensure that there is no split in the Left vote.

Quoting the letter, a senior CPI leader contended that the CPI (M) leadership mentioned about the resolution of its district committees in favour of contesting the bypolls.

“They want us to go by a decision taken by the two district committees on an issue that comes under the purview of the CPI (M)'s State leadership,” a CPI leader said.

CPI State secretary K. Narayana said the party had not firmed up its stand on whether or not to contest the elections, at least in six constituencies, and a decision would be taken at the party's State conference to be held soon. “We did not contest in a majority of these seats in the past while a solution to the separate Telangana demand is not forthcoming yet,” he said.

Reject power tariff

hike proposals: CPI

Meanwhile, the CPI has requested the State Electricity Regulatory Commission to reject the government's proposal to hike power tariff to different categories of consumers.

The Congress government, which came to power on the promise that it would not increase power tariffs, had no moral right to hike the tariff. The ERC should take cognisance of the assurance and reject the proposals, Mr. Narayana said.

Dr. Narayana, at a press conference here on Sunday, said the CPI's State conference would be held at Karimnagar from February 21 to 24. The four-day Conference would deliberate on the political developments in the past three years and the agitations spearheaded by the party on various issues.

The conference would commence with a public meeting on February 21 and CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan would preside over the delegates' sessions.

The conference would elect the new leadership for the State council.

Meanwhile, the CPI (M) State committee has called upon the people to ensure success of the proposed bandh on February 28 coinciding with the one-day general strike call of the national trade unions.

The Left parties released poster explaining about the ``anti-people'' policies of the State and Central governments.

CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu said several trade unions expressed solidarity with the one-day general strike and served notices on their respective managements. The government should positively respond to the demands of workers and take immediate steps to resolve the problems faced by the common man.

  • CPI(M) exploring options to contest from Kollapur in Mahabubnagar district too

  • CPI (M) calls upon people to ensure success of February 28 bandh