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Ramakrishnan plea to Jayalalithaa to withdraw candidates from seats it wished to contest
It is shocking and we can't accept it, says Ramakrishnan
Chennai: Taken aback by the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) nominating candidates in seats sought by them, the two Left parties on Wednesday called urgent meetings of their high-level decision-making bodies to take stock of the situation.
Both Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India (CPI) found to their shock that the AIADMK list included several of their sitting seats and many from their “wish list.”
CPI(M) State secretary G. Ramakrishnan appealed to AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa to withdraw candidates from constituencies in which the Left party wished to contest in the April 13 elections.
“Not right approach”
“This is not the right approach. We have written to her to reconsider. The State secretariat will meet on Thursday to take stock of the situation,” Mr. Ramakrishnan told The Hindu. The CPI State Council will also meet for the same reason.
Mr. Ramakrishnan said the AIADMK list included six of their existing constituencies – Dindigul, Perambur, Madurai South (formerly Madurai East), Tirupur South (formerly Tirupur), Harur and Keezhvelur.
In the case of the CPI, the party found to its dismay that the AIADMK has decided to field candidates for its existing seats – Mannargudi, Alangudi, Thiruthuraipoondi, Srivilliputhur, Nannilam and Sivaganga.
In a statement, Mr. Ramakrishnan said the election wings of both parties had discussed the list of 12 constituencies the CPI (M) wanted to contest on Wednesday evening.
The CPI (M) leaders insisted that they be allotted the seats won by the party in the 2006 elections and allocate other winnable seats identified for the party.
The AIADMK election committee promised to get back to talks the same evening.
But within an hour, the AIADMK's list was released and it contained six seats won by the CPI(M) in the 2006 Assembly elections and a few more from its wish list. “It is shocking and we can't accept it,” Mr. Ramakrishnan said.
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