CPM will con­test 19 seats in K’taka polls

The Asian Age - - Nation - SREEPARNA CHAKRABARTY

The CPI( M) would fight on 19 seats in the Kar­nataka As­sem­bly polls and back the “strong­est” can­di­dates who can de­feat BJP in the other con­stituen­cies of the state.

The names of can­di­dates, who would con­test the polls, were ap­proved at the party’s two- day Cen­tral Com­mit­tee meet­ing held in the na­tional cap­i­tal. At the meet­ing, which ended on Fri­day, the party also dis­cussed the over­all po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the state where As­sem­bly elec­tions have just been an­nounced.

“In the seats where we are not con­test­ing, we have de­cided to back the strong­est pos­si­ble can­di­date who can de­feat BJP,” CPI( M) gen­eral sec­re­tary Si­taram Yechury told the me­dia.

How­ever, Polit Bu­reau mem­ber and for­mer party gen­eral sec­re­tary Prakash Karat was more forth­right and said that CPI( M) may sup­port Congress as well as the JD( S) in seats where it was not con­test­ing.

Sources, how­ever, said that a sec­tion of the party was cagey about sup­port­ing the JD( S) as they felt it can turn to­wards BJP de­pend­ing on the post- poll sit­u­a­tion.

It might be re­called that both Mr Yechury and Mr Karat have been at log­ger­heads over an al­liance with Congress.

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