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LS elections: Left parties snap ties with AIADMK

Unhappy over the AIADMK’s ‘unilateral’ decision to field candidates in all the 39 constituencies in Tamil Nadu and the lone seat in Pondicherry, the CPM and the CPI on Thursday decided to snap ties with the party and contest the Lok Sabha elections together.

In a joint statement, CPI state secretary D Pandian and CPM state secretary G Ramakrishnan said the Left parties had decided to contest the general elections together. ‘We have decided to contest alone [without the AIADMK],’ the leaders said, after an hour-long meeting at the CPM headquarters in Chennai.

The statement said the Left parties decided to align with the ruling AIADMK to trounce the national parties - the Congress and the BJP. ‘But the deal could not be struck owing to AIADMK’s attitude, despite holding several rounds of talks. The ruling party has also announced candidates in all 40 constituencies and began campaign separately,’ the leaders said.
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