Left partners support alliance with Congress in West Bengal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2016 19:31 IST
West Bengal Left Front chairman Biman Basu (C) chats with former CPI secretary Manju Kumar Majumdar during a meeting in Kolkata on Tuesday. (PTI File Photo)

The CPI(M)’s attempts to forge an electoral understanding, if not an alliance, with the Congress received support from Left Front partners on Sunday.

Realising that the move to forge an understanding with the Congress was gaining momentum, the CPI(M) central committee issued a statement from Delhi, saying the decision would be taken by the party’s central leadership on the basis of the political-tactical line adopted at the party’s 21st congress two years ago where it was decided that strategies would be decided to suit specific situations.

After a meeting of Left Front partners in Kolkata on Sunday, Forward Bloc state general secretary Ashok Ghosh said his party would go with whatever decision is taken by the Left Front. “We have no objection to an alliance,” he said. RSP state secretary Kshiti Goswami said, “We have seen the character of the Congress in the past. But circumstances have changed.”

Goswami’s colleague Manoj Bhattacharya said, “Congress supports neo-liberal policies which we are opposed to. However, we are willing to walk the extra mile in view of the rule of anarchy in Bengal right now. We are ready to consider all possible options.”

Although the alliance issue was not discussed at Sunday’s meeting, Left allies have debated it for the past three weeks after CPI(M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra approached the allies separately, asking them to consider the formation of a bigger political platform against the Trinamool in the coming assembly polls.

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