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CPM, CPI discuss poll strategy, skip Andhra

Written by Ruhi Tewari | New Delhi | Published on:February 19, 2014 1:31 am

Two prominent Left parties, the CPM and the CPI, discussed Lok Sabha poll strategy, electoral coordination and potential alliances on Tuesday but sidestepped possible allies in Andhra Pradesh on a day the Lok Sabha passed the Telangana Bill, given both are on different sides of the divide on the state’s bifurcation.

At a meeting attended by CPM leaders Prakash Karat, S Ramachandran Pillai and K Vardha Rajan, and CPI leaders S Sudhakar Reddy, A B Bardhan and D Raja, the parties discussed bringing together regional parties for a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance. “We discussed how to strengthen coordination and cement a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance. We discussed relations with parties like JD(U), JD(S) and AIADMK,” said D Raja.

According to sources, the two parties skirted the issue of Telanaga and alliances in Andhra Pradesh. While the CPI supported bifurcation, the CPM was opposed to it.

While the CPM is yet to take a call on any alliance in Andhra Pradesh, the CPI has been supporting TRS on creating Telangana.

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