Division In Left Over Alliance With Congress Party
The Left Front in West Bengal is divided over the issue of whether it should enter into an alliance with Congress in the next Lok Sabha elections. While the state leadership of the CPM has not ruled out joining forces with the Congress in the State, two key Left Front allies — the Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) — have made it clear that they will strongly oppose any such move.
The leaders of both parties claimed that the CPM’s decision to enter into a seat-sharing arrangement with the Congress in West Bengal in the 2016 Assembly elections was “detrimental” to the “electoral interests” of the Left Front. The Forward Bloc leadership criticized the CPM for “leaning towards the Congress” and argued that the CPM’s logic of joining forces with the Congress to counter the BJP and Trinamool Congress (TMC) is flawed.