With Congress, Left joining hands, CPM leader Mohammad Salim says battle lines drawn in Bengal

With Congress, Left joining hands, CPM leader Mohammad Salim says battle lines drawn in Bengal

December 25, 2020 Off By admin


Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |

Updated: December 25, 2020 10:07:02 pm

A day after the Congress excessive command accredited its alliance with the Left Front for subsequent yr’s state Assembly polls, CPM leader Mohammad Salim mentioned the battle lines in West Bengal have been drawn.

“For last one year we have been working together. We, all 16 Left parties and the Congress, have been on the streets to raise people’s issues. This alliance was there at the grassroots level. Now, the battle lines have been drawn. People are on one side, while the BJP and TMC are on the other,” mentioned Salim.

On Thursday, the CPM welcomed the Congress’ choice to enter into an electoral alliance with the Left Front for subsequent yr’s Assembly polls in West Bengal. CPM is the largest constituent of the Left Front in Bengal. Other constituents are CPI, Forward Bloc and RSP.

Responding to a query on who would be the face of this alliance, the CPM leader mentioned that this isn’t the time to carry discussions on it. “It has been decided that both Left and Congress will jointly contest the election next year. Discussions will now take place on several issues, including seat sharing. This is not the right time to discuss on who is going to be the face of the alliance. It is the need of the hour to defeat both BJP and TMC and put an alternative before people,” mentioned Salim.

The two events had contested the 2016 Assembly polls collectively in the state however didn’t make a lot affect. The alliance received solely 76 seats of the state’s 294 seats. The Congress received 44 seats and the Left Front bagged solely 32 seats.

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However, the tie-up between each the events didn’t materialise forward of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, ensuing in dismal electoral performances.





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