No electoral alliance with Left Front confirms Cong

first_imgKolkata: Congress has confirmed that there will not be any electoral alliance between the party and Left Front in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.This was decided at a high-level meeting held at the residence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi at New Delhi on Monday. PCC chief Somen Mitra was present at the meeting. Earlier, PCC leaders had informed Gandhi that they would not accept any offer by the CPI(M) on “humiliating terms.” Congress is going to field candidates in all 42 constituencies. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BosePolitical experts believe that the lack of alliance between Congress and Left Front will benefit Trinamool Congress. Trinamool Congress candidate from Bankura Subrata Mukherjee also admitted that the development would benefit his party. It has been learnt that Deepa Das Munshi and Abu Hena would contest from the Raigunj and Murshidabad seats. CPI(M) had won from both the seats in 2014. Congress demanded that as the party was strong in both the areas, it should be allowed to field candidates from both the seats. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMohammed Salim of CPI(M) had won the Raigunj seat by 1,634 votes. Deepa Das Munshi got 3.15 lakh votes while Salim got 3.17 lakh votes. Trinamool Congress candidate Satyaranjan Das Munshi had got 1.92 lakh votes. However, ignoring the demand of Congress, CPI(M) fielded candidates in both the seats. Subsequently, Congress demanded the seats of Purulia and Basirhat but the Left Front turned down the request and nominated Forward Bloc and CPI candidates in both the seats. Left Front has nominated 25 out of 42 candidates and allowed Congress to field its candidates in the remaining 17 seats. Archrivals Congress and CPI(M) had come close for the first time in the 2016 Assembly election, when the parties had inked an electoral alliance. The result was disastrous and the Left Front got only 32 seats. The Politburo of CPI(M) had issued a communiqué in this regard, stating that the alliance was “not in consonance with the party’s Central Committee’s decision.” However despite this, the leaders from Bengal insisted on the alliance. Initially, the Central committee did not support the move by the leaders from the state but later accepted their proposal. Front partners Forward Bloc, RSP and CPI, however, did not like the alliance with Congress and had opposed the proposal wholeheartedly. With Congress deciding not to go in for an alliance, there will now be a four-way fight in Bengal.last_img