Kolkata, April 25: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and CPI(M) leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee are likely to share the dais during a joint election rally in Kolkata on Wednesday. The fifth and penultimate phase of the West Bengal Assembly Elections 2016 is scheduled on April 30.

This is the first time arch-rivals Congress and Left Front have joined hands to defeat Trinamool Congress. The fight between the Left Front and Congress, which is still seen in Kerala, has been a traditional one and has been continuing since the days of the doyen of Indian communism and former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu.

Former Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is expected to share stage with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at an election rally in Kolkata on Wednesday. (Also Read: West Bengal Assembly Elections 2016: Buddhadeb stoops to conquer)

The 72-year-old Bhattacharjee — CPM’s tallest leader in the state — hit the streets for campaigning for the Left Front for the first time last week following the party’s landslide defeat in 2011, marking the end of a 34-year rule in West Bengal.

The fifth phase of the seven phase assembly polls in the eastern state was completed on Monday and the electorates are waiting for the penultimate phase to be held next Saturday.

However, it may be pointed out that Congress was an ally of the Trinamool in 2011 Assembly Elections which dethroned the Leftists from Bengal.