In a public display of Left-Congress unity, AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi and former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya of the CPI(M) will share the dais at Park Circus Maidan on Wednesday.
“Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will be present at Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting in Park Circus on Wednesday,” said CPI(M) state secretariat member Robin Deb.
The rally will be held three days before the fifth phase of elections on April 30. Fifty-three constituencies will go to the polls in Hooghly, South 24-Parganas and Kolkata South, all of which are considered to be citadels of the Trinamool Congress.
Since the formation of the Left-Congress alliance, this is the first time two senior leaders of the two camps will appear on the same dais. Significantly, though the top leaders of both CPI(M) and Congress avoided sharing dais and even speaking on the alliance in public meetings, the coming together of Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and Rahul Gandhi is symbolic of cementing of relations at the very top.
Interestingly CPI(M) state secretariat member and Singur candidate Rabin Deb will share the stage with Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday in Serampore.
On Sunday, CPI(M) generalsecretary Sitaram Yechuri and state Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury avoided being seen together in Singur though both addressed the same rally. Yechuri reached the meeting venue after Chowdhury had left.
“It was a long-standing demand of both the Left and Congress camps to bring together the top leaders in the same stage. If East and West Germany could reunite, Barrack Obama could visit Cuba, Mao Zedong could forge an alliance with Chiang Kai-Shek against the Japanese imperialists why can’t we come together,” Chowdhury said on Sunday in Singur.
“It’s both an irony and a joke that Buddahdeb Bhattacharya and Rahul Gandhi are coming together on the same dais,” said Partha Chatterjee, secretary-general of the Trinamool Congress.