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CPI(M) sees an ally in YSR

By M. Rajeev

VIJAYAWADA, JUNE 15. Thanks to the "left leanings" shown by the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, since the elections, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) appears to have decided to go slow on criticising the State Government. While they haven't aired their views in the open, leaders of CPI(M) have understandably been impressed by Dr. Reddy after he took over the reign of the State.

This is evident from statements made by CPI(M) leaders. "Dr. Reddy has made some useful promises, especially concerning demands we have been making for the past few years. He needs some time to implement them," senior CPI(M) leaders said.

To illustrate their claim, the leaders point to the Government's "sincere efforts" on issues like free power to the farm sector and the review of the Power Purchase Agreements with private firms.

They are also happy about the "distance" Dr. Reddy is maintaining from the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, the party advocating statehood for Telangana.

Dr. Reddy was not party to the discussions pertaining to the pre-poll tie-up or seat-sharing with the TRS and his latest move was recommending a Rajya Sabha nomination for the CPI(M) instead of the TRS, which had been demanding the seat. "He, like us, has been branded an opponent of separate Telangana, and he has been maintaining a distance from the TRS right from the beginning," a senior CPI(M) leader said.

However, the leaders are concerned about "some elements" in the Congress, which, they said, are trying to "isolate" Dr. Reddy for the sake of posts, both in the Government and the party. "Such moves need to be thwarted and Dr. Reddy must be allowed to implement the promises he made before the elections," the leader said.

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