Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Even as stalemate in the seat-sharing agreement between the Left parties and the Telugu Desam Party remains unresolved, the CPI(M) district unit declared on Sunday that it would contest the Mangalagiri Assembly constituency, throwing the pre-poll alliance agreement in the district in disarray.

Meanwhile, CPI district secretary Muppala Nageswara Rao confirmed that he would file his nomination papers on April 2.

Addressing a media conference, Mr. Rao, who is a member of party national council, went down the memory lane and said that he started his political career in Mangalagiri and led the ‘Yuvajana Samakhya’ there for eight years between 1976-1983.

“It was the perfect launch to active politics and even now I am being affiliated to Mangalagiri,” Mr. Rao told The Hindu.

Mr. Rao, who has been serving as the district unit secretary of the party for the last nine years, said that Mangalagiri was a natural choice for the party.

The CPI(M), on the other hand, continued to claim its candidature for the Mangalagiri segment. Party district secretary D. Rama Devi said that the party had been waging a relentless battle against the Congress and the TDP during the last 30 years and had a solid vote bank.

The stalemate over the Mangalagiri Assembly constituency is threatening to spill over with the CPI(M) threatening that it would contest in Sattenapalli, Vemuru and in Guntur Lok Sabha segment.

The two parties had asked for Mangalagiri (CPI-M) and Vinukonda (CPI). After much deliberation with the TDP State unit, the parties were left with the choice of Mangalagiri and Sattenapalli. The CPI refused to take the Sattenapalli seat and instead opted for Mangalagiri.