CPI-M facing resentment from bahujans within the party over alliance with TRS

Khammam: The alliance between the ruling TRS and the left parties is being frowned upon by many sitting MLAs and ruling party leaders.

The leaders of left parties started discussions on their parties’ poll prospects in the segments they had won in the past. CPI-M state secretary Veerabhadram eyed Palair, where he contested in 2009 and was defeated by Congress candidate Venkat Reddy.

The CPI-M is seeking at least two seats -- Palair and Bhadrachalam. The CPI wants the Wyra and Kothagudem segments. CPI state assistant secretary Sambasiva Rao had won the Kothagudem seat in the 2009 elections and he wants to re-enter the fray in the coming assembly polls there.

The CPI-M has an understanding with the ruling party on an alliance for the next assembly elections as Veerabhadram hinted a week ago. He had also announced the CPIM support to the TRS in the Munugode byelection.

The bahujans in CPI-M are however having reservations on the party having an alliance with the TRS. Some of them are considering quitting the party to float a Bahujan Communist Party. With this, the CPI-M leadership thought it wise to take cautious steps vis-à-vis a poll pact. The party decided that henceforth it would announce its alliance first on party fora and not at press meets.

“It was because of this that Veerabhadram announced the poll pact with the ruling party only for Munugode at present,” a CPI-M leader said.

Palair MLA Upender Reddy, Wyra MLA Ramulu Naik and Kothagudem MLA Vanama Venkateswara will lose their tickets if the TRS high command accepts the left parties’ demand for these seats. These MLAs or the TRS leaders are not ready to make a comment at this stage.

TRS district president Tatha Madhusudan said, “CPI expressed its stand clearly about a poll pact with the ruling party. The CPI-M too accepted it and extended its support in Munugode first. The BJP is our main enemy. The CPIM will definitely sail with the ruling party in the 2023 elections.”

“As for the sharing of seats, there were only two seats like Madhira and Bhadrachalam in the hands of the Congress. Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao will take a final decision as to which seats should be given to the left parties,” he added.

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