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WB polls: Yechury ambivalent on tie-up with Congress

Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday indicated his party’s ambivalent stand vis-à-vis a tie-up with the Congress in the upcoming Assembly polls in West Bengal.

While Communist leader had no qualms in stating that the line of party’s Congress and Central Committee of having no truck with Congress would be followed in Kerala and Assam, the two other major states going for assembly polls in the coming month, but qualified his stand on West Bengal saying that if the state committee of the party recommends for any kind of understanding, “it would have to be looked into”.

The polls to 294-members West Bengal assembly is scheduled to be held towards the year-end. The ruling Trinamool Congress led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been given a handsome lead in the opinion polls. The poll forecasts have suggested that even in the case of a tie-up between the left parties and the Congress, it would not much affect the fortunes of the Trinamool, which is predicted to sweep polls in the state.     

The Rajya Sabha member, who was talking to Millennium Post at the sidelines of a TV talk show Press Conference, said, “The party’s slogan was clear, remove Trinamool Congress to save West Bengal and remove BJP to save the country. To achieve this we would look forward to all the possibilities.” When pointed out that his predecessor and party’s former general secretary Prakash Karat has said that if he went against the party line, he would have to resign, Yechury said, “Anybody who goes against the party line has to go.”

He, however, was quick to add that his was a democratic party where the party line evolved from the level of grass-root workers. “Every party member has the powers to move amendments to the Central Committee’s resolution. If such is our party constitution, it’s also incumbent on us to hear out the state unit,” Yechury added.
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