Congress makes fresh alliance proposal to CPI, offers Kothagudem seat and MLC berth

Hyderabad: The Congress is believed to have made a fresh seat-sharing proposal to the CPI, offering it the Kothagudem Assembly constituency and a Legislative Council seat after Assembly polls, instead of the two it offered earlier.

The CPI is yet to give its approval, it is learned. The Congress is making a similar offer to the CPM, which has called off the alliance talks, of Miryalaguda and a seat in the Council.

The Congress had earlier offered Kothagudem and Chennur seats to the CPI. But the sudden entry of former MP G. Vivek Venkatsweamy from the BJP had changed the political equations in Chennur. Vivek reportedly joined the Congress after the high command assured that he or his son G. Vamsi would be fielded from Chennur.

Congress sources said that TPCC chief A. Revanth Reddy and CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka were in touch with CPI leaders regarding the new proposal.
The CPI also reportedly proposed to field its candidate in Munugode in a 'friendly contest'. The Congress has refused as it has nominated Komatireddy Rajgopal Reddy from the seat.

The CPM has called off the alliance with Congress after it failed to secure a clear assurance. The CPM had demanded Miryalaguda and one seat from among Khammam, Palair, Bhadrachalam, and Wyra. The Congress is ready to hand over Miryalaguda but none of the other four.

Lack of clarity on alliance with Left Parties has forced Congress to delay the announcement of its candidates for the remaining 19 seats.

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