CPM to have ‘electoral understanding’ with Cong in West Bengal, Assam


Ravi S Singh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31

The Communist Part of India (Marxist) will have “electoral understanding” with the Congress in West Bengal and Assam for the forthcoming Assembly elections in the states, due about mid next year.

In Kerala, the CPI(M) will continue to contest election as part of the Left Democratic Front (LDF), and in Tamil Nadu it will be part of the DMK-led alliance. The two southern states will also go Assembly polls mid of next year. 

The CPI(M)’s highest policy making body, the Central Committee (CC), endorsed proposals of respective state party Committees regarding election tactics, including doing business with Congress, during its two day-meeting which concluded today.

“In West Bengal, the CPI(M) and the Left Front will have an electoral understanding with all secular parties, including the Congress, which seek to defeat the BJP and the Trinamool Congress,” CPI(M) chief Sitaram Yechury said while giving details of CC’s meeting. 

In Assam, the CPI(M) will contest the elections “in cooperation with all secular opposition parties, including the Congress, to defeat the incumbent BJP government in the state, which is sharpening communal polarisation, destabilising social harmony and heaping miseries on the people.”

The CPI(M) heads the traditional Left Front (LF) in West Bengal and the LDF in Kerala.

The CPI(M) and Left parties’ moves with regard their stand towards the Congress regarding the forthcoming assembly poll in West Bengal has evinced keen interest in political circles. 



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