No Rajya Sabha ballot this time to spoil Adhir Ranjan’s celebration

Shubhadeep Choudhury                                                                                       

Tribune News Service

Kolkata, September 13

Newly-elected WBPCC chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, whose appointment to the vital put up has made the CPI(M) visibly completely happy,  is alleged to be glad that no Rajya Sabha election is slated to happen within the state earlier than subsequent yr’s meeting basic elections.

The subsequent spherical of elections for Rajya Sabha vacancies from West Bengal will happen solely in August 2023 and that’s excellent news for Chowdhury who’s eager on putting up an alliance with the CPI(M)-led Left events for the meeting elections.

Rajya Sabha elections held within the state in August 2017 (six seats) after which in April 2018 (5 vacancies) had each left a bitter style for Chowdhury who was then in his first stint because the WBPPC chief.  Congress candidates P Bhattacharya and Abhishek Manu Singhvi received elected to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal in 2017 and 2018, respectively, with help from the ruling TMC.

On each events there was speak concerning the two largest opposition events within the state coming along with the Congress supporting a CPI(M) candidate. However, the Congress excessive command had different concepts and in the end candidates put up by the Congress, the most important opposition celebration within the state, gained the polls with the ruling TMC transferring its spare votes in favour of the Congress candidate. 

In the most recent Rajya Sabha elections within the state held earlier this yr, Congress MLAs did vote for CPI(M) candidate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya and ensured his victory. Ironically, late Somen Mitra, whose opposition to the TMC was thought of extra muted in comparison with Adhir, was the WBPCC chief then.

“The naming of Adhir Chowdhury as the state Congress president has given a ray of hope to all those in the state who are looking forward for an alliance between Congress and CPI(M) for deliverance from the BJP government at the Centre and the TMC-led state government,” CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Mohhamed Salim mentioned.

Sujan Chakraborty, chief of the CPI(M) in West Bengal Assembly, mentioned the BJP has been rising in power within the state due to the insurance policies adopted by the ruling Trinamool Congress. “With Adhir Chowdhury at the helm at WBPCC, Congress party and the Left parties together will throw a befitting challenge to the communal BJP and autocratic TMC,” Chakraborty mentioned.

CPI(M) and Congress celebration had agreed for seat adjustment within the 2016 Assembly basic elections additionally. This time the 2 events wish to go one step additional and type an alliance earlier than the meeting polls.

Left and Congress, nevertheless, did not arrive at an understanding within the 2019 parliament basic elections following disagreement over a few of the constituencies. 

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