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Congress, Left Make Common Cause | West Bengal

From joint avenue protests to a consensus Rajya Sabha ballot candidate, either side are working to make their ‘alliance’ tick.

Double Barrel: Protest A Congress-CPI(M) stir in Kolkata on March 1 in opposition to Union residence minister Amit Shah’s go to. (Photo: Subir Halder)

The forthcoming Rajya Sabha election has offered the Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in West Bengal a contemporary alternative to strengthen their state-level ‘alliance’ in opposition to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the BJP. The two events, which had been locked in negotiations on a consensus candidate for one of many 5 Rajya Sabha seats from the state, have agreed on the candidature of CPI(M) nominee and former Kolkata mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya. The different 4 seats will go to the TMC on the premise of its energy within the state meeting.

Initially, the Congress had favoured CPI(M) basic secretary Sitaram Yechury because the joint candidate, however his social gathering mentioned its norms disallowed members from being nominated for a 3rd Rajya Sabha time period. Yechury has been Rajya Sabha MP for consecutive phrases between 2005 and 2017. The Left had turned down Yechury’s candidature, proposed by the Congress, on two earlier events as effectively.

Throughout the stalemate, although, state leaders from either side had been decided to make issues work. “If not Yechury, it should be some other mutually agreeable candidate. We cannot allow the TMC to win the fifth vacant [Rajya Sabha] seat,” a senior Congress chief from Bengal mentioned, requesting anonymity. The chief was referring to 2018 when the Congress needed to take the TMC’s assist to ship Abhishek Singhvi to the Rajya Sabha. Apart from Bhattacharya, two different names had been floated by the Left for the March 26 Rajya Sabha ballot — former MP Mohammed Salim and retired Supreme Court choose Asok Kumar Ganguly.

The 2019 Lok Sabha election rout has seen the Congress and Left be part of forces in Bengal. In the previous 10 months, the 2 sides have held joint avenue protests in opposition to the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and the NRC (National Register of Citizens), the withdrawal of Kashmir’s particular standing and the communal violence in Delhi. They have been placing out joint resolutions within the state meeting and even addressing the media aspect by aspect. “We are together and are looking at electoral seat adjustments. The idea is to offer Bengal an alternative to the BJP and the TMC, which are dividing the people for votes,” says CPI(M) central committee member Robin Deb.

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