The Communist parties in Telangana seems to have learnt a lesson in the last Assembly elections. The CPI and the CPM fought the elections separately and lost badly in the Assembly polls. While the CPI had gone with the Congress and Telugu Desam Party, the CPM had gone with the BC leaders under the banner of Bahujan Left Front. Neither of them have won even a single seat in the fight and faced a humiliating defeat.
The defeat seems to have taught a lesson to both the parties. They are now coming together ahead of the Parliament elections. CPI secretary Chada Venkata Reddy and his CPM counterpart Thammineni Veerabhadram have held first round of talks on the alliance. They are planning to contest Khammam, Bhadrachalam, Mahaboobabad and Nalgonda Lok Sabha constituencies this time. The two parties are planning to contest two seats each together and try their luck.
The CPI and the CPM in Andhra Pradesh are together and have aligned with the Jana Sena. They have completed their first round of talks on seat adjustment and it might take a couple of weeks for them to come to an understanding on the seat sharing. This unity is to be replicated now in Telangana, where the two parties are comparatively strong. This unity is strongly expected by the sympathisers, while the leaders ignore it.
The CPI and the CPM are contesting the Parliament elections in alliance across the country. CPI secretary general Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechuri held talks on the national alliance ahead of the elections. The unity in Telangana had thus was discussed in their initial talks, which was finally decided at a meeting between Chada Venkata Reddy and Thammineni Veerabhadram. The leaders have also discussed about the alliance with other like-minded parties in the State including the Congress. It is to be seen whether this unity would work out positively this time or would give same result that they had in the Assembly elections.