Andhra Pradesh: Telangana to figure in CPI meet

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Hyderabad, Mar 21: The vexed issue of carving out separate Telangana State from Andhra Pradesh will figure in the CPI's 20th National Congress to be held here from March 23 to 27. Confirming this, CPI National General Secretary A B Bardhan told newspersons here today the Telangana issue was part of the party's document for the Congress.

The party would discuss threadbare the Statehood issue and take a decision on this, he said, adding it had received over 400 amendments to the party draft document released ahead of the Congress.

To a question, he said his party was yet to take a decision on fielding candidates in the event of the Election Commission deciding to hold byelections for the seats vacated by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti MPs and MLAs to protest the delay in grant of statehood for Telangana by the Congress-led UPA Government.

The State unit would take a decision on the issue after the National Congress, State Secretary K Narayana, who was also present, added.

Top CPI leaders, representatives of various Left Parties, including CPI(M) National General Secretary Prakash Karat, and fraternal delegates from Communist countries will take part in the Congress.

The National Conference would review the political situation in the country since the last Party Congress held in Chandigarh in March 2005 and decide on the party's stand on various issues concerning the nation and chalk out its strategy for the next Lok Sabha elections, among other things.

The CPI State committee will hold photo and book exhibitions, seminars, people's film festival, rallies, coinciding with the Congress. The party will hold a massive public meeting at the Nizam Grounds on March 27.


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