Divi­sion In Left Over Al­liance With Congress Party

The Day After - - STATES DIARY -

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.

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