In West Bengal ahead of assembly elections, it is undecided that the leadership of CP (I) and Congress whether to join hands or not. Their ground level workers even though are already working in order to tandem defeat their common foe -Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC).
As per unofficial reports, CP (I) would resolve its West Bengal problem on February 15 during to have a three-day intra-party discussion when it is scheduled. A Politburo member of the CPI (M) Hanann Mollah ruled out any call on West Bengal anytime soon.
According to Mollah, Congress in Bengal has always been their number one enemy.
“It’s hard to keep the years of political differences aside and go ahead with some sort of an alliance.” Mollah said.
CPI (M) workers had developed an understanding with their counterparts on the ground confirmed by Mollah. At their own level, the workers on both sides are making alliances to ensure that TMC’s booth capturing attempts are scuttled.
To finalize the tie-up with the CPI (M) the urgency is quite visible in Congress Camp. A delegation from West Bengal on February 1st led by ACC chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhry met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and advocated strongly that the party should start negotiating a pre-poll alliance with State Left –leaning parties.
In West Bengal, befriending the Left parties could backfire in Kerala, where Assembly elections are slated around the same time, the position was not revealed to the delegation by Mr. Gandhi.
Recently, some degree of opposition to the Left-Congress electoral combination has emanated from West Bengal’s Congress Minority Cell. Vote share of 30 per cent of State Minority can swing polls to any side.