CPI(M) and the CPI on Friday announced they would contest nine seats each in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections scheduled for April 24th in Tamil Nadu and decided against supporting the AIADMK, the BJP, the DMK and the Congress in the remaining 22 seats.
The CPI(M) would contest from Coimbatore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Chennai North, Dindigul, Trichy, Virudhunagar, Villupuram and Thanjavur constituencies.
CPI state Secretary D. Pandian and CPI (M) State Secretary G. Ramakrishnan told the press in Chennai after both the parties identified the seats. Senior CPI Leader Com. A Nallakannu and CPIM CC Member T K Rangarajan were also present during the press conference.
The CPI would contest from Tenkasi, Nagapattinam, Puducherry, Tiruppur, Sivaganga, Dharmapuri, Cuddalore, Tiruvallur and Tuticorin constituencies, they said.
Replying to a query, Mr. Pandian and Mr. Ramakrishnan said the Left parties would consider supporting other parties, including AAP, whoever approached them. While the CPI(M) would release its candidates list on March 16, the CPI would release its list the following day, they said. Both the parties would be expanding their presence in this election contesting together 18 seats as against three each in 2009. The CPI and the CPI(M), which had fought the last election in alliance with the AIADMK, won one seat each.