In yet another move of shamelessly greasing the palms of CPI(M), WBPCC president Adhir Chowdhury on Sunday issued a press note asking all the workers to vote for the Left Front candidates in places where the party has not fielded its persons.
Interestingly, CPI(M), for whom Chowdhury is asking for votes have not uttered the name of Congress in rallies and meetings even for once. When asked why the CPI(M) was not taking the name of Congress in its meetings and rallies, its leader Rabin Deb said “We are requesting people to vote for secular and democratic candidates .”
However, he dodged the question why they are not taking the name of Congress who is supposed to be their ally.
The leaders of both Congress and CPI(M) have realised that the hardcore workers of their parties will not follow their diktats.
A veteran Congress leader apprehended that a large majority of Congress and CPI(M) workers would abstain from voting and this would give indirect benefit to Trinamool Congress.
Refuting this Congress leader, Abdul Mannan said if people were allowed to vote then there was great possibility of the alliance coming to power.
Asked whether the alliance would be able to field workers to man 77,000 odd booths he said
“We have urged people to come forward and man the booths.”
Chowdhury who is so eager to ensure that not a single vote is wasted could not say why the party had to fight against CPI(M) in 11 seats. Congress is also fighting against RSP and Forward Bloc in 13 seats.
“It is the prerogative of Left Front to withdraw its candidates and make the election war a one to one fight,” he said.
The Forward Bloc and RSP leaders have blamed Chowdhury for the failure to arrive at a consensus over seat sharing.
“Chowdhury’s only concern is Murshidabad and to keep his interest in Murshidabad intact he has forced us to go for quadrangular fight,” they said.