CPI(M)-Congress to hold talks on seat adjustments
The press note issued by WBPCC president Adhir Chowdhury asking all secular and democratic forces to get united against Trinamool Congress has failed to evoke any response as both the leaders and workers know that the proposal to have electoral alliance with CPI(M) has not received any official stamp from Congress High Command.
Political experts have said that the Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandopadhyay has said on Sunday that the Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi had told him that no one had approached her with the proposal to have an alliance with CPI(M), WBPCC presidents in a desperate bid to boost up workers had issued the press note.
It was learnt that whether High Command gives any clearance or not, leaders of Congress and CPI(M) would sit on Tuesday to start talks on seat adjustment as the Election Commission is likely to announce the dates of the Assembly polls within this week.
Both the parties have moved to the Commission and urged it to ensure free and fair elections.
Initially, CPI(M) had agreed to give 70 seats to Congress, but now Congress is demanding 102 seats.
Abdul Mannan, veteran Congress leader said that because of the alliance , the opposition candidates would do well in Malda, Murshidabad, South Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Bihar in North Bengal and Birbhum, Burdwan and Purulia in South Bengal.
In Kolkata some of the important seats will experience unexpected results, he said.
However, though some leaders of both CPI(M) and Congress are very hopeful about the success of the alliance, they have realised that it will be difficult to carry this message to the lower level as the hardcore supporters of both the parties have refused to work together.
This will create a major problem in deputing workers to man over 77,000 booths in the state. CPI(M) state secretary Suryakanta Misra has asked people to set up booth committees. But, he knows very well that booths are always manned by hardcore political workers who know local people.
Meanwhile, the advocates of alliance in CPI(M) received a jolt after SUCI decided not to support the alliance with Congress. It has been decided that both CPIM and Congress will publish separate election manifesto.
Joint rallies and meetings will be held to oust Trinamool government. Now, the main task of the leaders will be to boost up the workers and convince people that the alliance is a genuine one and not an opportunist move.