No CPI(M)-Congress alliance, confusion among partymen
Kolkata: The CPI(M) Central Committee's decision to not go into an electoral alliance with the Congress has created utter confusion among the party's rank and file in Bengal who felt that this would help the Trinamool Congress enormously and will assist the BJP to secure the second position in elections.
The arguments of the Bengal brigade to have an alliance with the Congress to defeat the TMC and BJP that was initiated by former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and supported by Sitaram Yechury were demolished by the Prakash Karat-lobby at the concluding day of the Central Committee meeting held in Kolkata on Sunday. The Karat lobby defeated the argument by 55-31 votes.
Senior party leaders who are in favour of the alliance felt that the Central Committee's decision will help the TMC enormously.
In the quadrangular fight, the Trinamool will be benefitted and take advantage of the situation while BJP will secure the second spot.
They argued that had
the alliance been there, it would have been easier to retain Murshidabad and Raigunj seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. But under the present situation, it would be difficult.
Also, in Panchayat elections scheduled in April/May, the CPI(M) will do badly. It may be mentioned that due to the alliance, the CPI(M) got 28 seats and the Congress 42 in the 2016 Assembly polls. Despite the poll debacle in 2016 Assembly polls, a few leaders from Bengal continued to support their argument in favour of the alliance.
Finally, the Politburo issued a statement which mentioned that the alliance was not in favour of the party's Central Committee decision. Some leaders from Bengal raised the question whether the Central Committee could have taken this decision if the alliance had come to power in Bengal.
The party's main concern is now to stop the BJP from securing the second position in Bengal.
In the Hyderabad Party Congress, the Bengal brigade in favour of the alliance would try to raise the issue with the Presidium as they strongly believe that the alliance can help the party from getting extinct in Bengal.
Now, it has come to the question of existence for the party and the leaders from Bengal will leave no stone unturned to raise the issue in the Hyderabad Party Congress which will be held shortly.