Congress names 75 constituencies where it will field candidates
The weak underbelly of the unofficial alliance between the Congress and CPIM came out in the open on Tuesday with WBPCCC president Adhir Chowdhury announcing that there will be a friendly fight between the two parties in Domkol and Hariharpara.
The CPIM on Monday had announced that three candidates would contest from Domkol, Hariharpara and Nabagram. Anisur Rahman, minister for Animal Welfare department in the erstwhile Left Front government is the elected MLA from Domkol. For Adhir Chowdhury keeping these three constituencies under Congress is a prestige fight. On Tuesday he published a list of 75 constituencies where the party would field candidates, and said that the party was eager to fight in over 100 seats. In Murshidabad, party candidates will contest from Baroan, Farakka, Suti, Jangipur, Ratua, Lalgola, Kandi, Domkol, Hariharpara and Nabagram.
The Congress will field candidates in Bhowanipore, Rashbehari, Jorasanko, Ballygunge and Chowringhee constituencies in Kolkata. Though names of the candidates were not announced on Tuesday it is learnt that Om Prakash Misra was likely to contest in Bhowanipore against Mamata Banerjee. Bhowanipore once a Congress stronghold is now under the control of Trinamool Congress. All the councillors are from Trinamool and the seven constituencies under Kolkata South Lok Sabha seat belong to the party. Veteran party leader and former PCCC president Somen Mitra is expected to contest from the Chowringhee seat. Two Congress candidates could be fielded against two TMC heavyweights, Subrata Mukherjee from Ballygunge and Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in Rashbehari. CPIM will field its candidates in Kashipur- Belgachia and Manicktala.
Veteran Congress leader Abdul Mannan is likely to contest from Champdani in Hooghly. Deepa Das Munshi is likely to contest from Goalpukur. It is likely that Arunabha Ghosh will contest from Kolkata. Ghosh who was the Trinamool MLA from Dum Dum had crossed over to Congress
Unlike the CPIM, Chowdhury was very clear about the alliance. “ We have made an alliance with the Left Front and there is no hide- and- seek on this,” he said. It may be mentioned that Biman Bose, Left Front had said on Monday that it was not an alliance but merely seat adjustment. Chowdhury was also very clear about the role of his workers in seats where Congress was not fighting. “ They will take part in the campaign with the Left and will urge people to vote for the Left candidates,” he said.
Political experts were unsure on how far Congress voters would exercise their franchise in favour of the Left and vice-versa.
Adhir Chowdhury was very upbeat on the alliance.” Unless there is a one-to-one fight no one can defeat Trinamool Congress,” he said adding “ we are also fighting against the communal stand of BJP who are trying to destabilize the secular fabric of society.”