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The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Tamal.Sengupta @times­

Kolkata: Top lead­ers of both the CPM and Congress are not at­tend­ing joint cam­paign ral­lies in Ben­gal, even though the two par­ties have teamed up to take on Ma­mata Ban­er­jee’s Tri­namool Congress in the Assem­bly elec­tions, a move that has led to con­sid­er­able spec­u­la­tion in the elec­tion-bound state.

Nei­ther the Congress high com­mand nor the CPM polit­buro has made any state­ments of­fi­cially ap­prov­ing their al­liance in the state. They have in­stead claimed that it was the peo­ple of Ben­gal who vir­tu­ally com­pelled them to forge some kind of an al­liance. In­ter­est­ingly, Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi will ad­dress two elec­tion ral­lies in Ben­gal on April 13 but the party has not in­vited CPM gen­eral sec­re­tary Si­taram Yechury to at­tend the event.

"So­nia Gandhi will hold two ral­lies -- one at Su­japur in Malda dis­trict and the other at Mu­rarai in Birb­hum dis­trict -- but we have not in­vited Yechuri to at­tend the ral­lies. Maybe, some lo­cal CPIM lead­ers and Left can­di­dates will at­tend her rally," West Ben­gal Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee (WBPCC) pres­i­dent Ad­hir Ran­jan Chowd­hury told ET on Sun­day. Sim­i­larly, Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi held an elec­tion rally

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