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CPM warming up to Cong again?

delhi Updated: Mar 12, 2010 00:02 IST
Jayanth Jacob

The days of “bitterness” between the CPI (M) and the Congress seem to be coming to an end, though a total rapprochement between the two is not in sight yet.

Though the obvious reason behind CPI(M) sending positive signals to the Congress seems to be to confuse Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, there is more behind the thaw in relations.

Senior leaders of both parties concede that the bitterness that marked the days after the Left walked out on the UPA over the India-US nuclear deal is fading now. But they admit prospects of re-alignment between the two parties before the assembly polls in West Bengal and Kerala next year is not bright yet.

“The positive side is that the interaction between the two doesn’t have that bitterness. Personal equations have improved. However, major realignment may not be possible till the assembly elections in Kerala and Bengal,” said a Congress leader. In Kerala, a CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front is directly pitted against the Congress-led alliance for the 2011 Assembly elections.

The CPI(M) has also been wondering about the “contradiction” in the Trinamool- Congress alliance.

“We can’t understand on which issue the Trinamool Congress agrees with the government. We want to know how are they co-existing,” CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters on Thursday.

He said that the Trinamool Congress differed with the Congress on the issues of handling of Maoist violence, price rise and the Women’s Reservation Bill.

There is a view among a section of the CPI(M) in West Bengal that breaking the alliance between Congress and Trinamool is best way for the party to attempt at getting re-elected in the Assembly elections.

“If you go by vote consolidation and division, the Trinamool and Congress fighting elections not in an alliance can be of great help,” said a senior Bengal CPI(M) leader.

But another section in the state unit has a different take. “The anti-CPI(M) feelings cannot be wished by thinking of breaking the alliance. We have to fight the Centre’s policies,” countered another leader.