The Left parties in Tamil Nadu are facing a dilemma that has for decades dogged their attempts at spearheading a Third Front. The concept of equidistance from both the BJP and Congress, which has created problems for the Left numerous times, has resurfaced again, this time in the southern State.
Left leaders on Wednesday expressed reservations over the seeming omission of the BJP in the verbal raids of the AIADMK’s campaign for the Lok Sabha polls. This, combined with a lack of movement on seat sharing talks has meant the CPI(M) and CPI are set to go into a huddle on Thursday to discuss further course of action.
“We are not like other parties; we are ideology based. We are committed to ensuring the Congress does not come to power. But, we are also committed to keeping the BJP out of power. The media has been buzzing with talks that Congress is being targeted sharply while the BJP has been spared,” CPI state secretary D Pandian said. “We need clarity on this, and are going to discuss the matter at our state executive meeting on Thursday,” he added.
The CPI and CPI(M), are set to discuss their disgruntlement over the lack of progress on seat sharing agreements within their political front.