Seat-sharing talks in the ruling LDF appeared to be tottering on Friday with the CPI threatening to field candidates in all constituencies of the CPI(M) in the Lok Sabha polls if it was not allowed to contest the Ponanni seat.
"There is no going back on our demand for four seats including Ponnani. We will not surrender to the CPI(M)'s strategy of containing the partners. We are ready to face any consequences arising from our decision," CPI state Secretary Veliyam Bhargavan told reporters here.
In Delhi, some members of the CPI(M) Politburo, including General Secretary Prakash Karat, discussed the issue with senior leader M K Pandhe saying the party was hopeful that the issue would be "resolved at the state level".
"We are still hopeful that the issue will be resolved locally. We should try to maintain our unity till the end. I hope common sense will prevail," he told reporters.
The CPI(M) has decided to field a "common LDF independent" in Ponnani, represented by CPI in the 14th Lok Sabha, as a tactical move to muster Muslim support from parties like the PDP of Abdul Nasser Madani.
Bhargavan said the CPI would field its nominees in all the seats except those allotted to the non-CPI(M) LDF allies JD(S) and Kerala Congress (Joseph) faction. The party executive would meet on March 16 to select candidates, he said.
"The CPI(M) has crossed all limits of coalition principles and do you think we should suffer the humiliation," the Kerala CPI leader said.
Bharghavan also said CPI(M) has not learnt lessons from the experience of 1965 and 1970, when CPI was out of LDF in the state.
He said "CPI-M candidates would not win from any of the seats in Kerala without the support of CPI. The CPI would lose three of its seats, but it is sure that CPI(M) will loose all its seats".