CPI's No to tie-up with Congress in Assembly, Lok Sabha polls

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New Delhi, Mar 28 (UNI) A day after the conclusion of its five-day deliberations on the current politico-economic situation in the country, the CPI today made it clear that it would have no truck with the Sonia Gandhi-led Congress in the coming state Assembly and the Lok Sabha polls.

"In some states where the BJP is strong, we may have electoral understanding with other parties but not with the Congress," CPI Second-in Command S Sudhakar Reddy said in an exclusive interview to UNI.

Mr Reddy (66), who was elevated to the party post of Deputy General Secretary at the party 19th Congress in Hyderabad yesterday, is a two-term Lok Sabha MP from Nalgonda. He also dwelt at length on the party's future political and organisational approach, its relationship with the other Left parties, party's ambition to play a " key role" at the national level, its plans to re-build party base in the Hindi heartland, the threat of the communal forces and the agitational programmes against price rise and the UPA government's economic policies.

Known for his strong organisational skills, Mr Reddy was elevated to "share" the burden of A B Bardhan( 82), who was re-elected CPI General Secretary for the fourth term at the party congress which concluded in Hyderabad yesterday. Mr Reddy was earlier member of the party National Council.

Precedent has it that Deputy General Secretaries have gone on to lead the party. In the past, there have been just three Deputy General Secretaries- Bardhan himself, late former Union Home Minister Indrajit Gupta and N Giri Prasad.

Mr Reddy, the soft-spoken comrade, whose wife B V Vijyalakshmi, an ex-banker and now the party whole timer is a National Council member, said his party would have an electoral alliance with the DMK in Tamil Nadu and Lalu Prasad's RJD in Bihar.

The CPI leader further made it clear that his party would have no electoral understanding with the Congress in Uttar Pradesh." You know we did not have it with the Congress even in Gujarat assembly polls.

We have serious differences with the Congress on economic and foreign policy issues. How can we ignore how the ruling party has promoted the real estate agents and the big corporate houses in the name of SEZs? Has it not ignored the Left suggestions on checking price rise and roll back of fuel hike?" he said.

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