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CPI bargains hard

CPI bargains hard
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CPI bargains hard, TRS leader K Keshava Rao, CPI in 2009. CPI also wanted Devarakonda, Narsapur and Pinapaka where it lost with a slender margin in...

Holds talks with both Cong and TRS; 24-hr deadline for TRS

Hyderabad: Though the CPI is against forming any electoral pact with Congress at national level, its State unit is very much eager to join hands with it at least in Telangana. Even the Congress appears to be equally eager to have tie-up with CPI under directions from the high command.

The CPI is also negotiating with the TRS.

In a day of hectic activity, CPI coordinator K Narayana held talks with TRS leader K Keshava Rao and B Vinod. Later, he met TPCC president Ponnala at some secret place in city. According to sources, the talks with Congress party seem to have almost fructified and a formal announcement would be made in next two days time; the chances of alliance with TRS appears to be bleak.

According to party insiders, some serious differences had arisen between these two parties particularly in regard to the seats which were won by the CPI in 2009.

Following the lukewarm response from the TRS to their proposals, CPI has set a deadline of 24 hours for TRS to respond to its demands. While it wants 17 Assembly and one Lok Sabha seat from Congress, it has reportedly demanded 22 Assembly and 3 Lok Sabha seats from TRS. During the talks on Monday, the CPI insisted that the TRS should not field candidates in Kothagudem, Bellampally, Munagode and Husnabad. Barring Husnabad, the CPI won the other three seats in 2009. But the TRS said they had already finalised the candidates and cannot concede the demand.

CPI also wanted Devarakonda, Narsapur and Pinapaka where it lost with a slender margin in the 2009 polls. The other seats which it is seeking are Wardhanpet, Station Ghanpur, Mahabubabad, Ibrahimpatnam, Qutbullapur, Uppal, Malkajgiri, Nagarkurnool and Wyra. CPI had won this seat in 2009. As far as Lok Sabha seats are concerned, CPI wants Bhongir, Nalgonda and Khammam Lok Sabha seats. The pink party reportedly refused to agree on Bhongir. In regard to the other two seats, the TRS leaders said they would discuss with the party leadership.

But the TRS is willing to offer 8 Assembly and one Lok Sabha seats. Expressing his unhappiness over the developments, Narayana said, “We did not expect TRS leadership to behave like this. KCR even failed to respond to the call made by Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy.” Narayana said CPI cannot compromise on the winnable seats.

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