TAMIL NADU

Task of expanding alliance lies with Jayalalithaa, says Bardhan

ALLIANCE MATTERS: CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan (third from left), CPI national secretary D. Raja (second from left) and State secretary D. Pandian with AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa at her residence in Chennai on Wednesday.

ALLIANCE MATTERS: CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan (third from left), CPI national secretary D. Raja (second from left) and State secretary D. Pandian with AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa at her residence in Chennai on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: R. Ragu

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The Left and the AIADMK have fixed timeline for Lok Sabha poll preparations

CHENNAI: Communist Party of India general secretary A.B. Bardhan said here on Wednesday that AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa had been left with the responsibility of expanding the alliance for the Lok Sabha elections.

Talking to reporters after meeting Ms. Jayalalithaa at her Poes Garden residence, Mr. Bardhan said that at the initiative of Ms. Jayalalithaa, the Left had entered into a firm alliance. “We would like to expand the alliance, and we have left it to her. We will help her in the process.”

Mr. Bardhan said that the Left and the AIADMK had fixed some kind of a timeline for poll preparations by the middle of February or the third week of the month.

He said the alliance partners had learnt a lesson from the rigging and money power allegedly used in the Thirumangalam by-elections and wanted to take steps to prevent them being used again.

Asked about the third front at the national level, he said steps had been taken in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, besides the Left-ruled States. “We are discussing with other parties.” Many steps would be taken before the elections. “Some steps will be taken after the elections.”

About Ms Jayalalithaa’s comment on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue, he said: “I leave it to her.”

Mr. Bardhan was accompanied by CPI national secretary D. Raja and State secretary D. Pandian.

Asked about the slogan for the Lok Sabha polls, Ms. Jayalalithaa said, “I will let you know.”

Earlier, Indian National League president Mohamed Sulaiman met Ms. Jayalalithaa and held discussions about the elections. “We submitted a handout to her, listing the issues concerning the Muslim community and the nation. She shared our concerns,” Mr. Sulaiman said.

Assistance distributed

At the party office, Ms. Jayalalithaa distributed financial assistance to poor students for pursuing higher education. She said that Rs.3.11 crore had so far been distributed to 691 students.

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