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CPI to support Congress candidate in AP by-election

Written by: Staff

Hyderabad, Apr 14 (UNI) Contrary to speculation of a tie-up with the TDP, the CPI today announced that it would support the Congress candidate in the ensuing bye-poll to the Visakhapatnam I constituency, necessitated by the death of Congress MLA Dronamraju Satyanarayana.

Speaking to newspersons here, party state secretary Dr K Narayana said that though his party was fighting with the Congress government on Relief and Rehabilitation (RR) of the displaced persons of the Gangavaram port, it had no relevance as far as its poll alliance with the party (during the last assembly elections) was concerned.

The Congress recently sent a CPI candidate Aziz Pasha to the Rajya Sabha from the state assembly though the party has only six MLAs.

Dr Narayana, however, said the CPI had not yet taken any decision on its alliance with the Congress or otherwise for the ensuing Panchayat polls.

Replying to questions on the on-going strike of junior Doctors, Dr Narayana said Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy should take an initiative and resolve the problem. He said it was unproper on the government's part to employ doctors on contract basis for eight years.

On the government stipulation that medical graduates should work in rural areas for a period of three years, Dr Narayana said his party would support it if the government provided basic infrastructure in villages.

Dr Narayana and party MP Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy earlier paid floral tributes to Dr B R Ambedkar on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Reddy said the best way to pay tributes to Ambedkar will be by following his ideals. He said reservations were to be continued in the country as the caste system could not be put an end to.


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