CPI(M) open to forge alliance with AIADMK, DMDK: Varadarajan

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Vellore, Sept 18 (UNI) The Communist Party of India (Marxist) is open to forge an alliance with the AIADMK and the nascent Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), headed by actor Vijayakanth for the coming Lok Sabha elections, party's Tamil Nadu unit secretary N Varadarajan said today.

Talking to newspersons here, he said the party was not willing to rule out alliance with AIADMK and DMDK, as it was open to forge alliance with parties, which had no connections with Congress and the BJP.

''We have not rejected AIADMK and DMDK..we will explain our stand and desire to forge alliance with the two parties in Tamil Nadu'', he said.

Mr Varadarajan said there was no change in party's stand that it would have no truck with the DMK, as long as it continued ties with the Congress.

The CPI(M) would have nothing to do with the Congress, BJP or any other party, which had tie-up with these two parties, he said.

He said the CPI(M) would form a third front in the State, which would form the basis for a third front at the national level.

Expressing happiness over the State Government's decision to provide rice at rupee one a kg and a pack of condiments at the rate of Rs 50 for card-holders at ration shops, Mr Varadarajan said the DMK Government has come out with the announcements to make political gains in coming Lok Sabha elections.

However, the Left parties would launch a campaign against the rise in prices of other commodities in the open market.

''Its rice at rupee one and sambar at Rs 99 in Tamil Nadu'', Mr Varadarajan said adding the party would explain this to the people.

Referring to Government order, not to issue of house-site pattas after September 30, he said they should withdraw the order and continue issue of house-site pattas, as more than 25 lakh people have applied for pattas.

On the vexed Sri Lankan Tamils issue, the Left party leader said arms struggle would not help to resolve the issue. The Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) should resume talks to find an amicable solution, he said.

Mr Varadarajan said landless farm workers were paid only Rs 40 againat the prescribed wage of Rs 80 under the Centre's National Rural Employment Gurantee(NREG) Act and urged the Government to ensure that the workers get the full payment.

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