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Kerala: CPI-M plays down CPI's threat

March 13, 2009 18:03 IST
Seeking to downplay Communist Party of India's threat to pull out of the Left Democratic Front in Kerala over seat sharing for the Lok Sabha polls, the Communist Party of India-Marxist on Friday said the ally could not take such a stand so long it is part of a "national political line."

"CPI is a part of our alliance at the national level. They cannot simply shift from that position so long it is part of a national political line," CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan told media persons in Thiruvananthapuram.

Soon after CPI leader Veliyam Bhargavan's warning that his party would field candidates against the CPI-M contestants if its demand for four seats, including Ponnani, was not met, Vijayan said the Left partner should give up its "adamant" stand as there was no issue which could not be settled through talks.

Vijayan said his party had not taken away any of the four seats of the CPI or unilaterally imposed its diktat on allies. CPI had agreed to the decision to put up a "common Independent" in Ponnani initially and it was CPI leader K E Ismail who identified Hussein Randathani as a candidate.

It could be some inner-party issues that prompted CPI's "somersault" on the matter, he said, adding there was still room for the coalition to discuss the Ponnani issue. In the case of  the Kozhikode seat, the issue was being discussed with the Jnata Dal-Secular, he said.

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