New Delhi, February 25: Congress and Left parties in poll-bound West Bengal already have an “alliance at the lower level” and the party high command is “not blind” to the state unit’s views in favour of a tie-up to take on ruling Trinamool Congress, PCC Chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said today.
“The alliance has taken place at the lower level and it is a fact. The workers have come together to unitedly fight the atrocities and terror unleashed by the ruling party,” Chowdhury, a known detractor of state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, told reporters at the AICC briefing.
Asked what was the view of Congress high command on the alliance, he said “our leadership is not blind. It is very conscious. Our views are very clear. In order to defeat (ruling Trinamool Congress) all democratic and secular forces should come together.”
Replying to another question, he said the ideology and opinion in Congress and the Left were similar on the issue of taking on Trinamool Congress.
State units of Congress and also CPI(M) have pitched for an alliance.(ALSO READ: High Court refuses to stay eviction of Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury).
Congress had contested the last Assembly polls in alliance with Trinamool Congress which led to the ouster of CPI(M)-led Left Front from power after over three decades of rule. Chowdhury, who was Minister of State for Railways, dismissed the NDA government claims that the provisions in the railway budget 2016-17 would help development of eastern India including West Bengal.