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Updated: 30-10-2018 22:39 IST

West Bengal Congress president

Somen Mitra Tuesday welcomed the statement by CPI(M) politburo

member Surya Kanta Mishra urging Left workers to vote in

favour of Congress candidates to stop the BJP from returning

to power in Chhattisgarh.

Mishra, who is a secretary of Bengal unit of CPI(M),

on Monday had said that in seats where the CPI(M) or Left

parties do not have candidates in Chhattisgarh assembly

elections, the party workers should vote in favour of the

Congress as it is the only alternative against the "communal

and anti-people" BJP.

Assembly polls will be held in Chhattisgarh in two

phases on November 12 and 20.

"We welcome the statement from CPI(M). We will inform

the our party leadership about it. But it was CPI(M) which had

walked out of the alliance after 2016 assembly polls," Mitra

said while reacting to Mishra's statement on Tuesday.

The Congress and the CPI(M)-led Left Front had forged

an alliance in Bengal during the 2016 assembly polls to fight

against the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the state.

Although the coalition failed to oust the Mamata

Banerjee-led party, the alliance had managed to win 76 seats,

with Congress and the Left Front winning 44 and 32 seats


However, post election CPI(M) walked out of the

alliance as party's central committee had opposed the


Mishra's statement drew sharp reactions from BJP and


BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said both the parties

are "spent force" in state politics and it hardly makes a

difference whether they are fighting elections in an alliance

or separately.

Senior TMC leader and West Bengal Minister Firhad

Hakim said neither CPI(M) nor Congress are "serious" about

fighting against BJP and that is reason all of them are having

a "tacit understanding against BJP".

"The CPI(M), Congress and BJP are all the same in

Bengal. Only TMC is fighting against the divisive politics of

BJP," he said.

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