CPI(M) promotes Adhir over RSP candidate
Kolkata: In a shameless bid to boss over its allies, CPI(M) is openly asking people to vote for Congress candidate and sitting MP Adhir Chowdhury from Berhampore, against RSP contender Id Mohammad.
The meetings between Left Front chairman Biman Bose and RSP state secretary Kshiti Goswami have failed as the former refused to accept the latter's proposal that it would field a candidate in a seat which is RSP's stronghold.
The Alimuddin Street bosses gave instructions to leaders in Berhampore to openly back Chowdhury. The poll alliance between CPI(M) and Congress did not work out as the former refused to withdraw its candidates from the Raiganj and Murshidabad seats, from where party nominees got elected in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Mohammad Salim won from Raiganj by 1,634 votes, while Badaruddoza Khan was elected from Murshidabad by over 1,800 votes.
Both Congress and Left Front have nominated candidates in 40 seats.
Berhampore has always been a stronghold for RSP since independence. Tridib Chaudhuri was elected seven times from 1952, when the first general election was held. Atish Sinha of Congress was elected from the seat in 1984 following the Rajiv Gandhi wave.
State ministers of the Left regime Nani Bhattacharya (Health) and Debabrata Bandyopadhyay (Irrigation & Waterways) were undisputed leaders of RSP in Murshidabad. Interestingly, Adhir Chowdhury had also started his political career from the mid 1970s as an RSP worker.
Id Mohammad said that he is campaigning and projecting himself as a Left Front candidate.
When asked whether this was causing any confusion among the voters, he said: "People of Berhampore know me. They are also aware of the secret alliance between CPI(M) and Congress."
The clandestine alliance between CPI(M) and Congress once again proves Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee's allegation that there has always been a secret deal between Congress, CPI(M) and BJP to stall TMC's prospects in the Lok Sabha elections.
She has often been heard saying: "A Congress worker does Congress in the morning, CPI(M) in the afternoon and BJP in the evening."
In recent political rallies, she has always asked the people not to vote for Congress, CPI(M) and BJP, as they will not be able to make any impact in Delhi in the elections.
A political expert said that what CPI(M) did against RSP reflects that the relationship among the Front partners has hit rock bottom.
"Such open backing of a Congress candidate by CPI(M) against the Front candidate is unprecedented in Lok Sabha elections. This indicates that the disintegration in Left Front is not a far-fetched thing anymore," he added.