Puducherry

CPI central leadership to take a call on contesting byelection

National executive committee member to hold talks in Union Territory

The local unit of the Communist Party of India has left it to the central leadership to decide on independently contesting the Thattanchavady Assembly byelection.

Secretary of the local unit of CPI Salim said the State Council, which met here on Tuesday, had decided to contest the bypoll. “However, a final decision on whether to field a candidate will be decided by the central leadership of the party, he said.

National executive committee member of CPI Aziz Pasha is in Puducherry and is expected to hold deliberations with the Congress and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leadership.

The seat fell vacant after its MLA Ashok Anand was convicted by a special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation. Immediately after the Assembly Secretariat declared the seat vacant, the CPI, an ally of the ruling Congress, staked claim for the seat, considering its better performance than the DMK in the last Assembly elections.

The CPI candidate, K. Sethu alias Sethuselvam, had come second in the 2016 polls by securing 5,296 votes in Thattanchavady.

The DMK had already announced K. Venkatasan, a businessman, as its candidate for the bypoll. The DMK leadership had made it clear to the Congress and the CPI that it will not be in any position to part with the seat. The Thattanchavady Assembly seat was given to the party as per the agreement reached during the last Assembly elections, he said.

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