After deciding to ally with only the Left-democratic forces, the recently revamped CPI(M) has roped in CPI and CPI(Marxist-Leninist) for a poll-pact in the forthcoming Legislative Council election in Bihar.
In the polls for the Upper House of the Bihar assembly, the BJP-led NDA and the coalition of the Congress, RJD and JD(U) are also in the fray. "This would be the last opportunity to test our strength before the assembly polls later this year," said a senior CPI(M) leader.
This will be the CPI(ML)'s first contest in the legislative council polls. The electoral college in the poll consists of elected panchayat members and municipal corporators.
In Bihar, 24 seats in the legislative council will go for polls next month.
The CPI(M) and CPI would contest in 3 seats each while CPI(ML) will test the waters in 10 seats - being the largest Left outfit in the state.
In Bihar, the CPI had been a slippery partner as it often switched over to JD(U) or Lalu Prasad's RJD for alliance at the cost of the Left unity. But this time, the marginalised CPI has also fallen back on Left partners.
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