CPI ties up with Jaya, CPM goes with YSR Cong

CPI ties up with Jaya, CPM goes with YSR Cong

The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu on Sunday formally announced that it had decided to enter into a poll alliance with the Communist Party of India (CPI) for the Lok Sabha elections in April-May.

The development came even as another left party opted to tie-up with a regional outfit. Communist Party of India-Marxists (CPM) General Secretary Prakash Karat said after a two-decade honeymoon with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), his outfit has finally chosen the YSR Congress, led by Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, as its new partner in Andhra Pradesh.

The CPM leader, however, said his party was not floating any third front now. “We will formulate such a combine or platform after the poll outcome,” he said. 

In Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK is the second major party to have declared an electoral ally, after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced its tie-up with the Vaiko-led Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam recently. 

The AIADMK-CPI tie-up was finalised after a CPI delegation led by senior leader A B Bardhan met AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalitha at her residence in Chennai.

Jayalalitha said she was happy to announce that her party and the CPI have decided to forge an alliance. “We have decided to work together. Our election plank and slogan will be peace, prosperity and progress,” she said. 

Bardhan said if the alliance won the Lok Sabha poll, prospects would be opened for Jayalalitha to become the prime minister. Jayalalitha, however, said these issues could be discussed later, as the first priority was to win all the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu and the lone seat in Puducherry.

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