WB: Cong decides to field candidates in all LS seats

WB: Cong decides to field candidates in all LS seats

Left-Cong alliance virtually collapses 

West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra with Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Twitter

Kolkata, DHNS: The possibility of an alliance between the Left Front and the Congress in West Bengal for the Lok Sabha elections virtually ended on Sunday with the state Congress leadership deciding to field candidates in all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

“We have decided to field candidates in all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal and will convey the decision to the party High Command. As far as the state Congress is concerned there will be no alliance between the Left Front and the Congress for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal,” state Congress president Somen Mitra told DH.

The state Congress leadership launched a scathing attack against the CPM-led Left Front and alleged that they are responsible for the collapse of talks on the alliance.

In a statement issued late on Sunday evening, the Bengal Congress leadership argued why they were forced to decide against aligning with the Left Front.

“The people of West Bengal are suffering because of the politics of hatred and intolerance of RSS and the BJP. They are also struggling against the misrule of the Trinammool Congress (TMC). In such a situation the Pradesh Congress agreed to enter into a seat sharing arrangement with the Left Front despite the bitter experience of the 34-year-long Left regime. But the effort did not succeed due to the rigid mentality of the CPM and other Left Front constituents,” Mitra said in the statement.

He criticised the Left Front for unilaterally declaring the names of candidates in 25 seats and said it was against political courtesy.

“The Congress president Rahul Gandhi proved his political goodwill by leaving the Raiganj and Murshidabad seats to the Left Front even though the Congress had legitimate claims on then,” Mitra said.

Pointing out that the Left Front chairperson Biman Basu in his statement said that even as the Left Front will field candidates in the Purulia and Basirhat seats but the Congress can field candidates in these two seats if they want, Mitra asked what kind of an alliance the Left Front wants.

“Moreover, the CPM did not reveal its stand over the Purulia and Basirhat seats. What is the intention behind their action,” he said.

He also questioned the Basu’s statement that for the remaining 17 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal some will be contested by the Left Front and some by the Congress.

“What is the intention behind it. It was widely publicised in the media that the remaining 17 seats will be given to the Congress,” Mitra said.

He also said that nowhere in the statement issued by the Left Front it was made clear how many and which seats will be given to the Congress.