HYDERABAD: Indicating that they are not averse to joining hands with the TRS to form an alternative political front at the national level against the BJP and the Congress, CPM Politburo member BV Raghavulu has said that his party will not ally with the Congress at the national level under any circumstances.
“Our main aim is to defeat the BJP-led NDA in the next general election. At our party’s 22nd national congress to be held at RTC Kalyana Mandapam here for five days from April 18, we will discuss formation of an alternative political front at the national level,” the Marxist party leader said while interacting with mediapersons here on Sunday.
Recalling that his party’s Central Committee had earlier adopted a resolution calling for defeat of the BJP and its allies by uniting all secular and democratic forces, Raghavulu said that his party wanted that this target should be achieved without having an understanding or electoral alliance with the Congress. The CPM leader opposed Modi government’s proposal for simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies.
Giving details of the party’s national congress, Raghavulu said senior leader Mallu Swarajyam would unfurl the party flag at 10 am on April 18, marking the commencement of the five-day event. Then, party general secretary Sitaram Yechury will deliver the inaugural address.
The chief minister of Kerala, former chief ministers of West Bengal and Tripura, and other national leaders of the CPM will participate in the deliberations. As many as 846 representatives of the party from various parts of the country will also attend the conference. CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy and leaders of other Left parties will also attend the inaugural session.
The national congress will pass as many as 25 resolutions. On the last day, a new general secretary and members of the central committee will be elected. It will conclude with a public meeting at Saroornagar Stadium on April 22.