Denied a Lok Sabha seat by the CPM, the Kerala unit of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), a partner of the CPM at the national level, on Saturday announced it was quitting the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and would field its own candidate in Kollam.
While the Congress welcomed the RSP to the United Democratic Front (UDF), CPM sources did not rule out discussions to retain the party in the LDF fold.
RSP state secretary A A Azeez said, “The CPM took back the Kollam seat in 1999. In every LS election, we demanded that seat, but the CPM had scant regard for our demand.”
He said the party would field ex-MP and former minister N K Premachandran from Kollam, and would be open to “support from any quarter, including the UDF”.