Congress finalises alliance with Left for WB ballot

New Delhi, December 24

The Congress on Thursday formally approved its electoral alliance with the Left parties for the Assembly elections in West Bengal, party’s state unit chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury announced. The West Bengal PCC had earlier recommended an alliance in favour of the Left parties.

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The Left parties had also favoured an alliance with the Congress for the state elections. “Today, the Congress high command has formally approved the electoral alliance with the Left parties in the impending election of West Bengal,” Chowdhury said on Twitter. The Left and Congress did not contest the Lok Sabha elections in Bengal together.

The two parties are also

pitted against each other in Kerala. The 294-member Bengal Assembly will go to the polls next year. While the Trinamool Congress has the challenge to retain power, the Congress also has to retain its ground in the state.

The Congress is up against an upbeat BJP which has made inroads in the state after winning 18 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general election. The party was in a dilemma over whether to go with the Left or the Trinamool. But its state leaders have been talking to the Left

informally and holding programmes in the state simultaneously. — Agencies

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