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“We have perfect seat-sharing arrangement with AIADMK”

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The alliance has “power, strength and capacity” to sweep elections in State

— Photo: R. Ragu

POLL DISCUSSION: CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan (second from left) and party’s national secretary D. Raja with AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa at her residence in Chennai on Sunday.

CHENNAI: The Communist Party of India has a “perfect seat-sharing arrangement” with the AIADMK and the alliance has the “power, strength and capacity to sweep the elections in Tamil Nadu,” A.B. Bardhan, CPI general secretary, said here on Sunday.

Speaking to the press at the party office after meeting Ms. Jayalalithaa at her Poes Garden residence, Mr. Bardhan said that the AIADMK supremo had indicated that the seat-sharing talks with the allies were expected to be concluded tomorrow. He clarified that the CPI was not mediating between any of the alliance partners.

“We have arrived at tentative decision on our candidates for the polls. But we will wait three-four days when the other parties will also make their decisions. … We are planning to launch a joint campaign in Chennai on April 16,” Mr. Bardhan said.

He hit out at detractors of the “third alternative” saying that the non-Congress and non-BJP front had a very good opportunity to come to power at the Centre.

“The BJD broke away from the BJP. As for Mr. [Sharad] Pawar and the NCP … Mr. Pawar has a seat-sharing arrangement with the Congress in Maharashtra and Goa. I would say even Mr. Pawar is partly out of the UPA. The most steadfast allies of the UPA – the SP, the RJD and the LJP – have in some way cornered the Congress in the 140 seats in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand,” he said. “Some people thought that they could kill the Third Front by ignoring it but that will not work.”

D. Raja, national secretary, clarified that the Left would not seek the support of A.N. Maudhany, one of the accused persons in the Coimbatore blasts case, and said that he would not be a part of the Left Democratic Front.

State Secretary D. Pandian said that the party’s manifesto included concern for the Sri Lankan Tamils. He also said that the DMK, which had been part of two successive Central governments, had not taken much action for the people.

The party leaders also released the manifesto in Tamil.

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