Staff Reporter

Keen on contesting Khammam and Nalgonda seats, says B.V. Raghavulu

Meeting held on Gangavaram issueLoopholes in the package allegedParty to go it alone wherever it is strong

VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI(M) is ready to enter into electoral alliance either with the Congress or with the Telugu Desam Party based on local understanding, according to its State secretary B.V. Raghavulu. He was here on Sunday to participate in a meeting organised to oppose the `suppression' of the Gangavaram movement by the Government.

In an informal chat with newsmen who met him, Mr. Raghavulu said that the CPI(M) had approached the Congress on seat adjustments but the latter had not made any announcement so far.

"We are ready to go it alone wherever our party is strong and enter into alliance with friendly parties at other places in the State,'' he said.

He stated that the party was keen on contesting the Khammam and Nalgonda seats and an alliance with any party would be based on it. Decisions on seat adjustments in various districts would be taken by local leaders, he added.

When his attention was drawn to Visakhapatnam district, Mr. Raghavulu said the Congress had not approached so far while the Telugu Desam Party had expressed its interest in tie-up. He hoped that the matter would be finalised in a few days.

Gangavaram row

When asked about the future plan on the Gangavaram issue, he said it would depend on the opinion of people.

"There are loopholes in the package announced by the Government. We are gathering public opinion on the issue and if they feel that it is over, we would end it,'' he said.

He failed to understand the logic of the Government in saying that the issue was over even while holding leaders in the jail. He demanded immediate release of leaders of CPI(M) and others who had participated in the agitation.