CPI Seals Alliance with CPI(M) in Telangana for Lok Sabha Polls; TJS-TDP May Also Join ‘Left’ Poll Tie up

Unlike last year’s Assembly elections in Telangana, the CPI and CPI(M) have decided to forge an alliance in the State ahead of the Lok Sabha Polls due for April-May. Leaders of both the left Outfits on Saturday agreed to contest the Parliamentary elections unitedly after they held a discussion, CPI(M) State secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram said.

He added that the CPI has also agreed to include BLF partners in the alliance for the Lok Sabha polls due by May. It is also claimed that CPI already held a discussion with Telangana Jana Samithi on its inclusion in the alliance.

Sources further claimed that Jana Sena led by actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan and the TDP led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu are likely to join the alliance in the Youngest State of the Country – Telangana.

CPI is interested to get TDP on board for the Lok Sabha elections, and not Jana Sena. CPI(M)’s view is: better to ally with Pawan Kalyan, and not TDP,” they said. CPI and CPI(M) leaders would again meet later this week to discuss issues on the alliance, sources further revealed.

However, Congress is unlikely to go with the alliance in Telangana.

In December 2018 Telangana State Polls, Congress had stitched an alliance with Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP, TJS and CPI, “Prajakutami” (People’s Front) to take on Telangana Rashtriya Samithi (TRS) However, The People’s Front failed drastically. In the elections, TRS won 88 seats, Congress won 19 seats, AIMIM won 7 seats, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) won 2 seats. The BJP managed to win only a single seat this year against its 5 MLA in 2014.

The CPI(M) in Assembly had fought the elections than under the banner “Bahujan Left Front” with several smaller parties.

Telangana has a total of 17 Lok Sabha Seats. Recent Surveys Conducted by Various news Channels predicted TRS sweeping the Lok Sabha Polls winning 16 Lok Sabha Seats while AIMIM winning one seat, the survey predicted.

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