Rahul Gandhi, Vice president Congress during a meeting with the party members of West Bengal said that in the 2011 assembly elections it was not a ‘wise decision’ to go for such few seats in alliance with TMC.
Rahul Gandhi asked the leaders at the delegation of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee of Congress that in 2011 TMC would have won the elections without the support of Congress? The answer was no.
“Following this,the Congress vice president conceded that the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress won that elections at the cost of the Congress and it was not a wise decision to contest the elections with so few seats (65).” said West Bengal Congress spokesperson Omprakash Mishra
For the upcoming assembly polls, after meeting with Rahul Gandhi the majority of the members expressed their willingness to form an alliance with the Left Front.
In West Bengal, CP Joshi general secretary in charge of party affairs was also present in the meeting. With the TMC almost everyone was against tying up any kind of connection.
On any kind of possible alliance Sonia Gandhi Congress president will take a final call.
According to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Congress Bengal unit chief, with Congress President they had long discussion and he listened very patiently.
Mr. Gandhi listened to them with a lot of attention, everyone expressed their independent views. All the views will be taken in consideration assured by the Congress Vice President. The discussion with Sonia Gandhi was not that effective, so another meeting will be conducted and views of the members of the Congress will be announced.
“I cannot say that an alliance between the Congress and CPI-M has been done.” said Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on the possibility of an alliance with the Left Front.
In consultation with Sonia Gandhi, Rahul assured that ‘either yes or no’ the chapter of alliance will be concluded.According to Mr Chowdhury in Bengal, an alliance with the Left Front is the only way to challenge to challenge TMC.
“Everybody expressed their views in the meeting”.There were only few of them who said that the Congress should go alone in the polls,” Mr Chowdhury told IANS.
As per Omprakash Mishra with the Left Front advocated a tie-up and said that they are hoping decisions on adjustments on seat sharing will be finalized soon with the Left.
He further added that the discussion was very interactive and the meeting was really good with Rahul Gandhi ji and it was very transparent and democratic.
With the Left, for seat sharing everyone looked interested, shared and expressed their views. For TMC no one was in support for the alliance. Manas Bhunia and two others were only two of them were the ones who thought they should contest for the elections alone.
“To this most of us gave an explanation that if we go alone, then we will get only 15-16 seats,” Mr Mishra added.
Mr Mishra further added when asked about the reaction of Rahul Gandhi .He said that complete picture is yet to come as told by Rahul Gandhi and only after discussion with Sonia Gandhi, Gandhi will come to a conclusion.
According to Mr. Mishra 2019 general election issue was raised. He said that in Bengal by 2016 general elections TMC must be defeated in order to ‘thwart’ their chances of gaining more vote share by 2019.The overall influence and hold of Mamata Banerjee in the state can be reduced if she is defeated in 2016 elections.
” She is basically a soft ally of the BJP,” he added.
To save Bengal,it is very important to defeat Trinamool he further added.