Special Correspondent

Consultations on sharing of seats begin

APCC is despatching three-member panel to finalise contestants Leaders of Left parties to meet today to decide on their alliance TDP leaders will meet at Chittoor today to decide its candidates and seat adjustments

TIRUPATI: A day after the Government released the notification for panchayat elections, key players in the political arena - Congress, TDP, CPI(M), CPI and BJP - have got into the election mode.

On Sunday, they began informal discussions with one another. As for the Congress, the APCC is despatching a three-member team of observers comprising Anam Vivekananda Reddy, Metla Prasada Rao and Premlal to help the district unit finalise not only the list of candidates but also arrive at a consensus on seats to be shared with the CPI - its lone partner in the coming elections.

The Chittoor District Congress Committee, in the presence of the three-member panel, is scheduled to have its first official round of discussions at Chittoor on Monday.

In dilemma

As for the two Left parties, their district leaders are expected to meet here on Monday to decide whether they should still stay together in the company of the Congress or part ways in view of the realignment of parties at the State level.

Any further discussion between the two Left parties hinged on whether or not their alliance would continue as in the past or would break in view of the road-block it hit following the CPI-M's reported decision to rejoin its one-time ally, TDP, to take on the Congress and BJP in the coming elections. The CPI, however, looks set to continue its sail with the Congress.

The district TDP camp is also said to be preparing to meet at Chittoor on Monday to set in motion the process of inter-party and intra-party discussions to finalise the number of ZPTC and the MPTC seats to be conceded to the CPI(M) and also to finalise its own list of candidates. As the nominations would start only from June 13 and would last till June 17, the negotiations are expected to move into the top notch only towards the end.