“CPI will ask for more Lok Sabha seats”

J. Balaji

NEW DELHI: The Communist Party of India (CPI) which won two Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu in the 2004 elections, will stake claim for more seats this time during talks with the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

Talking to The Hindu from Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday, CPI deputy general secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy said unlike the 2004 elections, wherein the party was with the DMK-led alliance, the number of parties in the AIADMK-led front was less.

“Naturally we will ask for more. A decision on whether to seek seats jointly with the CPI (M) as a Left front or individually by both the Left parties would be taken later in consultation with the CPI (M), he said.

The party, which won Coimbatore (K. Subbarayan) and Tenkasi-SC (M. Appadurai) constituencies, had asked its State unit to identify more constituencies where it had winning chances.

Proper consultations with the CPI (M) would be made in identifying such seats as there should not be any clash of interests between the two parties and their unity must be upheld always, he said.

Chances bright

Welcoming the AIADMK-CPI-CPI(M)-MDMK alliance, which had bright chances of victory, Mr. Reddy said both the Left parties would soon work out modalities at the national and the state level on issues to be taken to the people and the stand to be adopted during seat-sharing talks.

On poll tie-up in Andhra Pradesh, where the Communists had already firmed up alliance with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Mr. Reddy was hopeful that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) would join their front.