33 candidates in CPI’s first list

The Communist Party of India (CPI),which plans to contest 50 seats across the country outside the three Left-dominated states....

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 23, 2009 11:57:15 pm

The Communist Party of India (CPI),which plans to contest 50 seats across the country outside the three Left-dominated states,on Sunday announced its first list of 33 candidates.

“In all,we will be contesting 50 seats. We have identified 41 constituencies and candidates for 33 already. The second list will be announced within a week,” CPI general secretary A B Bardhan told reporters after the two-day meeting of the party National Executive in the Capital on Sunday.

Having been spurned by Mayawati,who got the CPI’s support for her Prime Ministerial ambitions,the party’s list includes eight candidates from Uttar Pradesh.

“The BSP has not entered into any pre-poll alliance. That’s why we announced our candidates from UP as well. However,we hope that BSP chief Mayawati would pitch in to form a non-Congress and non-BJP government after the polls,” Bardhan told the reporters. Sticking to the Left parties’ “principled” position to not ally with parties allied with the ruling Congress,the CPI also announced six candidates from Bihar despite the RJD’s plans to woo the CPI into an alliance.

The CPI also announced four candidates from Jharkhand,three each from Madhya Pradesh,Maharashtra,West Bengal and Assam,two each from Rajasthan,Punjab and Orissa and one each from Delhi,Chhattisgarh,Manipur,Uttarakhand and Gujarat. The party did not announce candidates for three seats in West Bengal as the candidates in the Left-ruled states are announced by the Left Front unitedly. The National Executive has also formed a team comprising D Raja and Shameem Faizee to draft the party’s election manifesto.

The CPI played down reports of back-channel talks between its third alternative partners — the AIADMK and the JD(S) — and the ruling Congress. Bardhan maintained that he was “very sure” that these two parties were with the non-Congress,non-BJP alternative.

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