Even as the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is releasing in phases the list of candidates for various local bodies, the Communist Party of India has claimed that it was still in touch with its senior electoral ally over sharing the seats for the ensuing civic polls.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, CPI state secretary D. Pandian said the five-member CPI team, led by former MLA G. Palanichamy was holding talks with the AIADMK over seat-sharing for the local body polls for the past few days and the details of the negotiations were awaited.

Members of Parliament from Tamil Nadu should urge the Centre to extend a helping hand to the State Government, which had to pay over Rs. 26,000 crore annually for its outstanding of over Rs. 1.75 lakh crore.

Debt

It was mainly due to the debt of Rs. 1.14 lakh crore caused by the previous Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime to the exchequer, Mr. Pandian said.

Nuclear plant

He said the Union Government, understanding the sentiments of the protesting local community against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project, should take an amiable solution to the issue.

“We oppose all nuclear energy programmes… The Central and State Governments should elicit opinions of the public before starting the work on any major project. If something untoward happens in the nuclear reactor, it triggers a catastrophe and hence the KKNPP should be scrapped,” Mr. Pandian noted.

On the recent police firing at Paramakkudi, he said the State Government should take stringent action against those responsible for this unpleasant incident and give adequate compensation to those killed in the firing.

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