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Ties with TDP hinge on political situation: CPI(M)

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Sitaram Yechury
Sitaram Yechury

Special Correspondent

Party is building up a public movement against communal forces, says Yechury

HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asserted that the party's relationship with parties like Telugu Desam is dependent on the political situation and the position they take in combating communal forces and World Bank dictated policies like liberalisation.

"TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu has been in touch with us. But it is the political position that decides the alliances not personal ones," CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said.

Responding to queries at a press conference here on Friday, he said the party was engaged in consolidating forces opposed to liberalisation policies and was willing to partner with them.

"The process of building up a public movement against communal forces and World Bank policies is on. It all depends on what position they (the TDP) take," he said.

It was not the Left, but Mr. Naidu who was then convenor of the United Front Government, left the alliance and joined the communal forces.

He was known for actively implementing the World Bank policies during his tenure as Chief Minister.

"Mr. Naidu says he has distanced himself from the communal forces, but what about the policies?" he asked.

On Third Front

Asked about the Third Front, he said the CPI (M) was trying for the non-BJP and non-Congress alternative at the national level that would have parties coming together on the basis of principles and ideology. "The concept is an alternative. Mere getting together of parties as a front is only a cut and paste option, not a reality," he said.

On the alliances in the forthcoming panchayat raj elections, he said the party's State committee had been authorised to take a final decision on the issue.


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