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

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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