Having announced that it would contest jointly with the Communist Party of India–Marxist (CPI-M)in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Communist Party of India (CPI) will hold its State council meeting here on March 15 to discuss the preparations for the elections.

The meeting is being convened at a time when the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has already launched its campaign and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-led combine having announced the constituencies and names of the contesting candidates.

CPI State secretary D. Pandian, senior leader R. Nallakannu, State assistant secretaries C. Mahendran and G. Palanisamy, former Parliament Members Subbarayan and Appadurai, besides district secretaries will take part in the meet.

A senior CPI leader told TheHindu over the phone on Wednesday evening that the indoor meeting was expected to finalise the Parliamentary constituencies in which the CPI would contest and the names of the party candidates.

The party’s election manifesto and the campaign strategy are also expected to be finalised at the State body meet.

Having decided to oppose the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the meeting is expected to deliberate ways of explaining the decision to the people of Tamil Nadu, the CPI leader said.

The CPI meet will be organised a day ahead of the CPI-M State committee meet to be held at Chennai on March 16.

The CPI’s Tiruchi district unit has already got into action doing the preparations for the important meet. A resolution was adopted at the district council meeting held here on Wednesday to work hard for the victory of the candidates of the Left parties.