CPI(M) unit to tie up with Congress in West Bengal

  • Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2016 16:39 IST

The CPI(M) unit in West Bengal is all set to have an informal alliance with the Congress for the upcoming assembly elections in West Bengal.

Caught between the demands from the Bengal unit for a formal tie up and opposition from other quarters to such plan, the party’s central committee opted for the middle path here on Friday.

An announcement empowering the state unit to field candidates tactically—freeing up space for the Congress in its stronghold—is expected in the evening when party general secretary Sitaram Yechury will brief the media about the Central Committee meeting.

The Congress leaders of the state have also appealed to their central leadership for forging an alliance with the Left for the polls.

The beleaguered Bengal unit, smarting under a series of electoral losses against Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress received unexpected support from former Kerala chief minister VS Achuthanandan. But other members from Kerala opposed the proposed alliance on the ground that would dash the Left’s chances to win Kerala. Both states would go to poll simultaneously.

The CPI(M) had never been in an alliance with the Congress. Former Bengal minister Gautam Deb argued before the central panel saying such a pact could substantially help the Left parties regain ground.

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