In a desperate bid to woo CPI(M)’s Central Committee leadership, who might turn down the proposal of electoral alliance with Congress, on Saturday the state committee leaders, without naming Congress, spoke in favour of a tie-up with all political parties opposing the Trinamool.
The two-day state committee meeting ended at the Alimuddin Street on Saturday with most of the leaders speaking in favour of the alliance with Congress. Party’s secretary Sitaram Yechury and veteran politburo member Prakash Karat too were present at the meeting.
While the Central Committee will be sitting on February 17 and 18 in Delhi to take a decision on the matter, Congress is waiting for a nod from the party’s chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The state committee leaders of CPI(M) have kept the option of having ties with Congress open, calling it a “people’s alliance”, even if the Central Committee of the party or the Congress High Command turns down the proposal. CPI(M)’s state secretary Suryakanta Misra while presenting the report very tactfully avoided the name of Congress and termed the probable tie-up as a “people’s alliance.”