No Cong, CPM Joint Rally Raises Doubts over Alliance
Congress president Sonia Gandhi will address two rallies in Bengal on Wednesday but party has not invited CPM gen secy Sitaram Yechury to attend the event
at Durgapur on April 2, but no senior CPM leader was there except Bansagopal Chowdhury, a former CPM MP.
Also, Chowdhury, who was supposed to campaign for CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra at his assembly constituency of Narayangarh in West Midnapore district on Saturday (April 9), did not turn up for the rally. When asked why he skipped Mishra's rally, Chowdhury told ET, "Saturday was the last day of campaigning for April 11 polls, and I didn’t have the time to rush to Narayangarh." But Chowdhury had confirmed to the CPM leadership that he will be there at Narayangarh to campaign for Mishra, said people in the know of things. However, party insiders in both the CPM and Congress made it clear that their central leadership offered moral backing to the two camps to fight the polls jointly in Bengal. "Since our high command has not made any official statement approving our plan to fight the polls jointly with the CPM, top leaders like Sonia-
NOTHING OFFICIAL Neither the Congress high command nor the CPM politburo has made any statements officially approving their alliance in the state
FILE PHOTO ji and Rahulji are not attending joint campaign rallies with Sitaram Yechuri," said a senior state Congress leader. A senior CPM state secretariat member told ET that a debate is still on in the party on if it’s right to forge an electoral alliance with the Congress, and it is sure to intensify if we fail to increase our number of seats by fighting jointly with the Congress.