Kolkata, March 28: It’s a peculiar situation in West Bengal which will go for the West Bengal Assembly Elections 2016 in a week’s time. With the Congress-Left Front combo taking on Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress on one hand and BJP on the other. Following CPM state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra’s appeal last week to vote for Congress candidate Manas Bhuyian in Sabang, Congress followed suit.
Pradesh Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury issued a seven-line advisory for the voters and urged them to vote for the Left Front candidates in constituencies where Congress hasn’t fielded candidates. “Our objective is to restore democracy in the state by replacing oppressive Trinamool government. With this end in view, the Pradesh Congress’s directive is that in the Assembly seats where there are no candidates from the Indian National Congress, Congress leaders and workers would wholeheartedly ensure the victory of the Left Front,” the statement said. (Also Read: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury accuses LF partner of taking money from Trinamool Congress)
This is the first time in Bengal’s political history that Left Front and Congress are campaigning for each other and jointly taking decision regarding the upcoming six-phase election in the state. CPM state secretariat member Rabin Deb also returned the favour to Chowdhury later saying that they are trying their best to minimise the number of friendly fights.
“Today, we cleared the Harirampur Assembly seat in South Dinajpur where the CPM had its candidate. We are also expecting the Front nominee to be withdrawn from Bharatpur in Murshidabad,” said Deb, who has been entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the seat-sharing process with the Congress on behalf Left Front.
However, Left Front ally RSP has fielded its candidate in Bharatpur which is likely to have a “friendly fight” this time. RSP state secretary Kshiti Gowsami though said that confusions over seven seats where RSP has put up candidates along with the Congress would be resolved at the earliest. Of the seven, five are in Murshidabad, a stronghold of the Congress.
Forward Bloc’s Hafiz Ali Sairani also hoped that the possibility of the said would be minimised shortly.