The Left parties, including the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India (CPI), have decided to contest the Assembly elections jointly with each of them fielding candidates in at least 20 constituencies.

State secretariat Member of the CPI(M) Maruti Manpade told The Hindu here on Monday that the leaders of both the parties had identified the constituencies where they would field candidates.

Mr. Manpade who is likely to be CPI(M) candidate from Gulbarga Rural Assembly constituency against Animal Husbandry Minister Revu Naik Belamagi of the Bharatiya Janata Party, said that the parties had not decided on extending support to candidates in constituencies where they were not contesting.

The CPI(M) would field candidates from Chickballapur, Kolar, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Koppal, Bellary, Tumkur, Uttara Kannada, Bangalore City and Rural and Gulbarga district.

Similarly the CPI has identified the seats where it would be fielding its candidates.

He said CPM Politburo member Brinda Karat would visit Gulbarga on April 6.