Bengal CPM undecided over alliance with Congress 

The West Bengal leadership of CPM failed to arrive at a consensus whether it should enter into an alliance with Congress
CPM sources told DH that keeping in mind the current unpredictable political situation in Bengal, the state leadership observed that further discussion is required before taking a final call on the issue. 
CPM sources revealed that during the meeting the difference of opinion within the party regarding an alliance with Congress once again came to the fore. CPM entered into a seat-sharing adjustment with Congress in the 2016 Assembly elections in Bengal. 
CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra expressed concern over the organisational condition of the party in the state. 
According to party sources, Mishra made it clear that he was not pleased with the way the drive to remove inactive members was progressing. “Mishra pointed out that the decision to remove inactive members was taken at the Kolkata Plenum in 2015 but progress in this regard has not been up to the mark as several inactive party workers are yet to be removed,” the state committee member said.  

Against Left Front

Party sources also said that Mishra reiterated his earlier stand that party workers would support Congress where there were no Left Front candidates in order to ensure that both Trinamool Congress (TMC) and BJP do not benefit from the division of votes between Left Front and Congress. 

The development comes at a time when CPM is facing severe criticism from key Left Front allies such as the Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) over alliance with Congress. Both the Left Front constituents have claimed that the CPM’s eagerness to join forces with Congress in Bengal is going against the interests of the Left Front.

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