The top leaders of the two Left parties are scheduled to meet Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan today. Pawan Kalyan, who is currently camping in Visakhapatnam as part of his second round of tour in the north Andhra districts, had invited the Left parties’ leaders for talks on alliance.
The CPI and the CPM have been holding talks with the Jana Sena for the past couple of months on going together in the impending elections. CPI State secretary K Ramakrishna and his CPM counterpart, P Madhu met Pawan Kalyan several times both in Hyderabad and Vijayawada where they held talks on seat sharing. Pawan Kalyan had already announced that he would have alliance only with the CPI and the CPM.
In continuation to these talks, Pawan Kalyan is meeting CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy and CPM politburo member B V Raghavulu in Visakhapatnam today. They would be accompanied by the party State unit secretaries, while Jana Sena chief is likely to have his senior leader Nadendla Manohar with him.
The CPI and the CPM are looking forward to 20 to 25 seats in alliance with Jana Sena. The two parties are not strong as they were in 1980s and they are present in a few pockets like Vijayawada, Mangalagiri and other towns. It is not so easy for them to find suitable candidates even if Pawan Kalyan is generous in offering seats. If Pawan Kalyan is not going for alliance with the ruling Telugu Desam Party, he would be having a big bunch of 175 Assembly and 25 Parliament seats on his hands. This would be a big number even for him to find candidates unless he finds some exodus from the ruling TDP.
The alliance with the CPI and the CPM keeps the Jana Sena in safe zone from the critics and even from the people. It is to be seen if the Jana Sena would finalise the talks on seat sharing with the Left after this round of meeting with the top guns of the Left parties.