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
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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