It’s official. The Bengal unit of the CPI(M) wants to tie up with the Congress for the Assembly polls. The decision was formally conveyed to former general secretary Prakash Karat and Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar at the end of the two-day meet of the Bengal state committee in Kolkata on Saturday.
Karat, Sarkar and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, who came to Delhi on Saturday to address the crisis arising out of the unrest at Jawaharlal Nehru University, attended the meet as representatives of the central leadership. State CPI(M) leaders received a shot in the arm when former Kerala chief minister VS Achuthanandan said that he understood the ground reality in Bengal and supported the demand for alliance with Congress.
But the state unit’s demand will need approval from the central committee, which meets in Delhi on February 17 and 18. The development is significant since a sizeable section of leaders in Kerala want Achuthanandan to contest again as the chief ministerial candidate against the Congress-led United Democratic Front.