The CPM refused Sunday to accept the government version that it had tabled Telangana Bill in Parliament and said the Bill ought to be discussed in the House.
“What happened in Parliament last Thursday was unfortunate and we have condemned it. At the same time, we cannot accept the government claim that Andhra Bifurcation Bill has been tabled in the House. This was not done and there was trouble in the House. The Opposition cannot accept this,” party general secretary Prakash Karat said after meeting YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy.
Jagan met Karat to seek CPM support for a united Andhra Pradesh. He had called on CPM leaders earlier this month as well. The Left party has been against division of Andhra Pradesh. “This Bill is a very serious matter and it has to be fully discussed in Parliament. Every party, every MP has a right to express opinion and we cannot allow steamrolling of this Bill,” Karat said.
Jagan, meanwhile, asked parties to oppose creation of Telangana. “We have requested Prakash ji again to stand up against this injustice where a Bill is being introduced in Parliament without the consent of the (Andhra Pradesh) Assembly. The way the Bill was introduced in Parliament was not democratic,” he said.
The CPM, which has been talking to various non-Congress, non-BJP parties to forge a loose third alternative, is yet to decide on an alliance in Andhra Pradesh. While the party is waiting to see how the bifurcation issue pans out, sources said YSR Congress was certainly an option for an electoral understanding.