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CPI to support Congress in LS bypolls

Written by: Staff
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Hyderabad, Nov 19 (UNI) Communist Party of India(CPI) Andhra Pradesh Secreteray K Narayana today announced that his party has decided to support Congress in the Karimnagar and Bobbili Lok Sabha by-elections scheduled to be held on December four.

Talking to newspersons here, Dr Narayana said the party central leadership has decided to support the Congress candidates in both the constituencies, as they were supporting the UPA Government at the Centre.

By-election to Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituency was caused by the resignation of Telangana Rashtra Samiti(TRS) Chief and former Union Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao. The first quit the Union Cabinet along with his colleague A Narendra and later resigned his Lok Sabha seat, terming the ensuing by-poll as a referendum on the formation of Telangana.

Mr Rao and Mr Narendra resigned from the Union Cabinet, protesting against the ''delay'' in the announcement of Telangana State by the UPA Government.

Dr Narayana said the Andhra Pradesh cadre would obey their High Command orders and support the Congress candidates. There would, however be, no common campaigns, he added.

The Bobbili bypoll was caused by the death of TDP sitting MP K Paidithalli Naidu.

While the Congress fielded sitting MLA T Jeevan Reddy as its candidate in Karimnagar against Mr Rao, the BJP has fielded former Union Minister Ch Vidyasagar Rao and the TDP its former MP L Ramana.

In Bobbili, while the TDP fielded Appala Naidu, son of the dead MP, Congress has fielded Ms Botsa Jhansi, Vizianagaram Zilla Parishat Chairman and wife of State Marketting Minister Botsa Satyanarayana.

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