Thiruvananthapuram: The Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) has decided to contest independently for the coming Lok Sabha election in Kollam.
The decision was taken at the RSP’s State secretariat meeting held here on Saturday morning. The party’s State committee, which is scheduled to be held here this evening, will also take up the matter for discussion.
Sources said the RSP is planning to field former Minister N K Premachandran from the Kollam Lok Sabha seat. The CPI-M had announced that its senior leader M A Baby would contest the Lok Sabha polls in the constituency.
Sections in the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) in Kerala Friday had come out resenting the 'unilateral decisions' of LDF's lead partner CPI-M on apportioning Lok Sabha seats overlooking claims of minor partners. In protest against the LDF’s decision, the RSP leaders had boycotted the LDF State committee meeting.
"We have strong protest over the unilateral way in which CPI-M is taking decisions. If necessary, we will put up a candidate in Kollam, from where we have won several times in the past," senior RSP leader V P Ramakrishna Pillai had said here.
The party wants to regain the Kollam seat which, it had won several times in the past but its demand has been ignored by the CPI-M.
Kollam was once a RSP stronghold and the party had a strong trade union base in the area which had several traditional industries like cashew processing units. Though RSP's founder leader late N Sreekantan Nair had won from Kollam repeatedly, CPI-M took over the constituency later and had won in 2004.