Miffed over the "approach" of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in finalising seat-sharing agreement for the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu, Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India - Marxist called off their month-old alliance with the Jayalalithaa-led party.
The leaders of the two Left parties went into a huddle here in the wake of dilly dallying by the AIADMK to reach a consensus on the seat allotment issue and decided to end the poll pact and fight the election "together".
In a joint statement, CPM and CPI state secretaries G Ramakrishnan and D Pandian said several rounds of seat-sharing talks with their senior partner yielded no fruits. The statement said the Left parties had aligned with AIADMK to fight the elections with a view to checking the combine led by Congress and BJP, they said.
"There was no agreement on the seat-sharing despite many rounds of talks due to AIADMK's approach. Further, with the party having announced candidates for all 40 seats and going ahead with the election campaign, CPI and CPM have decided to face the lok sabha polls together," it said.
Ramakrishnan repeated his claim that AIADMK was not prepared to come to an 'amicable solution' even after six rounds of talks were held. He recalled that his party had held its state council on Wednesday where the issue was discussed.
Later, leaders of the respective parties held talks before calling off their ties with the AIADMK.
The Left parties and AIADMK had earlier fought the 2009 Parliamentary polls and 2011 Assembly elections on a common platform.
'Welcome to DMK'
DMK president M Karunanidhi said the party would welcome the two communist parties to its fold.
Queried by reporters about inviting the two communist parties to the DMK fold, he said: "If they come (communist parties), we will accept them."