Polls: CPI to contest in 55 LS seats in 24 states

Sudhakar Reddy

Hyderabad: For the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the CPI has decided to contest 55 seats in 24 states, said party General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy yesterday.

Speaking to reporters, Reddy said selection of candidates in 19 constituencies is over and the decision in the remaining constituencies have not been reached yet.

He stated that Left parties have raised voice against corruption, black money and misuse of power by the Centre, and have worked in favour of the poor, middle class section and others. He urged the people to vote for Left parties and help increase their strength in Parliament.

He said that Left parties were entering into electoral tie up with parties that have similar secular and democratic policies. In Odisha, the CPI has inked a poll pact with the Congress would contest three assembly seats and one Lok Sabha segment.

Talks have not been concluded with the Congress in West Bengal and underway in Maharashtra, said Reddy. He also pitched for holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. He stated that it was necessary that normalcy be restored by bringing a democratic government in the State.

The CPI also demanded that VVPATs be counted in Lok Sabha constituencies, where the victory margin was around 5,000 votes, he said.

Reddy alleged that BJP was using the sacrifices of the soldiers to their advantage and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi¬†of spreading misinformation that opposition sought proof for the air strike carried out in Pakistan. Referring to Election Commission’s advisory to political parties not to use images of Defence personnel during campaigns, the senior CPI leader said that the EC should ban it.

NT Bureau