Left parties spar over Telangana

The political fallout over the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA’s) decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh has created a wedge between the Left parties in the state. The CPI and CPI (M), the two dominant communist parties who have common approach on several public issues, now find themselves ranged against each other over the division of the state.

By P S Jayaram

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Published: Sat 31 Aug 2013, 12:14 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:16 PM

While CPI is in favour of formation of separate Telangana state, the CPI (M) is opposed to the bifurcation of linguistic states. This ideological difference has spawned a bitter war of words between the two fraternal cousins who have a long history of waging joint struggles on public issues.

The slanging match intensified after the state CPI Secretary K Narayana recently issued a strongly worded open letter, accusing the CPI (M) of creating hurdles in the way of formation of Telangana state. When the creation of Telangana state became a fait accompli with the Congress Working Committee’s July 30 announcement on bifurcation, the Marxist party came up with a nuanced response, saying that the division of the state could be acceptable only when “social justice” was done to the people of Seemandhra.

This posturing has annoyed the state CPI leaders who assailed their Marxist counterparts for shifting their stand for political expediency.

The CPI (M), on its part, spoke about the “infiltration” of CPI cadres into its unit in the Telangana region.

In an open letter, the CPI Secretary Narayana demanded that the CPI (M) come out categorically in support of the Telangana cause in deference to the wishes of the people of the region. “It is this indecision of the CPI (M) leadership that has caused differences between the Left parties,” he said.

Despite being a dominant political force in Andhra in the past, the Left parties have been steadily losing their support base over the years.— news@khaleejtimes.com



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