Monday, January 26, 2009

Maoists' letter to TRS rakes up controversy

27 Jan 2009, 0354 hrs IST, TNN

HYDERABAD: The CPM and TRS claimed that the letter purportedly written by Maoists to TRS leader T Harish Rao cautioning him against a tie-up with
the TDP-Left alliance was an attempt by the Congress party to sabotage the alliance.

Harish Rao received a letter allegedly written by Maoist leader Sudershan in which the extremists questioned the justification of TRS in deciding to go with the TDP led by N Chandrababu Naidu who can never be trusted. They also criticised TRS for not taking up the agitation for a separate state instead opting for a softer way of poll alliance with the TDP and Left for narrow political gains. This amounts to cheating the people, the letter said.

Talking to the media on Monday, Raghavulu said that the party suspects the role of the Congress in the letter which appears to be "fabricated." The CPM state leaders met here at Makhdoom Bhavan to discuss the situation following the letter which had also made some critical remarks against the left parties.

Referring to the delay in seat adjustment with the TRS, he said there was nothing unusual about it as every party would like to get as many seats as possible and sometimes this takes time. Moreover, since there is enough time for the polls, the parties concerned would like to discuss in detail and arrive at a decision.

This does not mean that the alliance had developed cracks or collapsed. "We are confident that the TRS would remain with the grand alliance," he said. Meanwhile, TRS leader N Narsimha Reddy said that the letter appears to be an act of mischief by someone and a prank played by those who were opposed to the alliance. The TRS would go in for alliance with like-minded parties as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of Telangana. He, however, did not comment on the stalemate over seat adjustments with the TDP. He said that would be sorted out by party president K Chandrasekhar Rao as the TRS executive had authorised him to take a decision.

TDP leader N Janardhan Reddy exuded confidence that the matter would be sorted out by end of the month and the alliance would fight the polls together.

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