Paresh Dhanani, AICC secretary was on a trip to Kolkata to gauge the mood of the Congress state leaders on the strategy for the Assembly election in West Bengal due in a few months.
Though Dhanani said that the final decision would be taken by senior leader AK Antony however the state leaders put up a string demand for a tie-up with the Left during their meeting. With the DMK in Tamil Nadu, the Congress has entered into an alliance and is yet to take a call on allying with the Left in Bengal as the high command is reportedly waiting for the outcome meeting scheduled next month for the outcome of the CPI (M)’s Central Committe.
In Bengal, some of the latest developments speak in favor of an alliance, but both parties seem to be very cautious on making a move that is quite unprecedented in politics.
In Tamil Nadu tie-up with DMK -Congress
In Tamil Nadu, with the DMK alliance with Congress is very first. Just like in West Bengal, party has equal weak force in Tamil Nadu but it has somehow managed to revive its alliance with old friend DMK.
The alliance there to take on Jayalalithaa in Bengal an equally powered regional leader Mamata Banerjee who will encourage the state Congress leaders to back their demand for a similar alliance with the Left. By the Congress-DMK alliance in Tamil Nadu, Bengal unit of the CPI (M) will also feel boosted.
Congress and Left may arrive on a common conclusion because of JNU fiasco’s help?
In the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi ,the ongoing fiasco and there are chances of strong repercussion in the state polls caused due to the authorities’ hard response against the students of the Left-leaning institute.
In New Delhi, the vandalizing of the signboard outside the CPI(M)’s headquarters allegedly by right-wing elements on Sunday and Rahul Gandhi’s expressing solidarity with the students in JNU ,likely to bring CPI(M) and Congress close and also could reflect in the Assembly polls in Bengal.
To protest the JNU incident, Members and Leaders of both the Congress and Left are set to walk together, which shows that they are eager to capitalize on the issue.
In Bengal, Achutanandan , Kerala’s leader backing Cong-CPM alliance that may encourage the pro-alliance voices
V S Achuthanandan, veteran CPI (M) leader in Bengal, backing a Congress-CPI(M) alliance would give a big psychological push to the Left leaders of Bengal ahead of the Central Committee meeting and the resistance shown by people like Prakash Karat, S R Pillai and Pinarayi Vijayan can also be weakened.
“Mamata had made alliance with both Congress & BJP in past but calls the idea of Cong-CPM alliance “unprincipled”
Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Conrgess (TMC) supremo describing inclination for an alliance as “unprincipled” between Congress and Left. In the past, Bengal chief minister herself has allied with the Congress and BJP as the need arose.
Abdur Rezzaq Mollah, former Left leader was welcomed by her in the party despite dissatisfaction among the supporters since they had suffered during the Left rule when Mollah was a dominant political figure.
Double standards in emphasizing on principles could harm Mamata’s image more and help in forming an anti-TMC alliance by the opposition.