The Left parties have the resilience to face any political situation and the decision to go it alone in the Lok Sabha elections is an indication in this regard, said G. Ramakrishnan, State secretary of the CPI (M).

He made this observation while introducing party candidate G. Anandan for the Villupuram Parliamentary constituency here on Thursday.

Mr. Ramakrishnan said that in other States, the Left parties had forged an alliance with strong regional parties. In Tamil Nadu, the Left parties had chosen to field 18 candidates because the AIADMK, even while alliance talks were going on, had announced its candidates for all the 40 constituencies and its leader Jayalalithaa had embarked upon electioneering.

Mr. Ramakrishnan said that Ms. Jayalalithaa was careful in not making any reference to the Bharatiya Janata Party in her election speeches. Neither the Congress nor the DMK had the locus standi to speak about probity in public life. The DMK supported the Congress’ move to bring foreign direct investment in retail trade and also had a role in scams.

Mr. Ramakrishnan said that in the remaining 22 constituencies (where the Left parties are not contesting), the Communists would support candidates fielded by parties other than those fielded by the Congress, the BJP, the DMK and the AIADMK.