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