Left, Congress Close In On Bengal Seat Pact As PM Targets "Match-Fixing"

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Left, Congress Close In On Bengal Seat Pact As PM Targets “Match-Fixing”

CPM and Congress are contesting the West Bengal meeting elections in an alliance.

Kolkata:

The Left and the Congress have determined how they may carve up 230 of 294 seats for West Bengal’s meeting elections due in April-Could and set themselves a deadline for dividing the remaining 64 seats by the fifteenth of February.

The target: to iron out all creases within the alliance by the point Congress chief Rahul Gandhi involves Kolkata on February 28 to deal with a joint rally by the 2 allies on the brigade parade floor.

The deadline got here on a day the Prime Minister attacked each the Left and the Congress of “match-fixing” with Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress.

“They’re assembly secretly and planning. Even in Kerala, they’ve determined the Left will rule for 5 years and the Congress will rule for the following 5 years. You shouldn’t be a part of this bluff,” PM Modi mentioned.

The Left has hit again attacking the Prime Minister for unfastened discuss. “If anybody is doing match-fixing, it’s the BJP and Trinamool,” mentioned Sujan Chakraborty, CPM MLA. “The Prime Minister has been suggested BJP won’t win in Bengal and so he’s making excuses.”

In the meantime, on the seat-sharing entrance, no numbers had been revealed on the finish of a virtually three-hour assembly in Kolkata in the present day at CPM headquarters at Alimuddin Road. An earlier seat-sharing method for 193 of the state’s 294 seats was scrapped.

As an alternative of juggling numbers, it was determined to undergo every seat individually earlier than allotting it to both the Left or the Congress, sources mentioned.

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The allies additionally mentioned a suggestion by the brand new political entrance in Bengal – the Indian secular Entrance or ISF – to battle the polls collectively.

ISF chief patron, a well-liked preacher of Furfura Sharif, Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui wrote to Biman Bose of CPM lately and Mr Bose has responded positively to his supply.

However Congress chief Adhir Chaudhury did not want to commit any seats simply but as Abbas Siddiqui had not written to him.

Congress chief Abdul Mannan lately wrote to Sonia Gandhi suggesting a tie-up between Congress and ISF.

In the meantime, at Vidhan Bhavan, the Congress headquarters in Kolkata, the get together’s in-charge for Bengal Jitendra Prasada, held conferences with completely different get together cells underscoring the necessity to velocity up alliance talks on not simply seat-sharing but additionally a marketing campaign plan.

Mr Prasada is reported to have mentioned that the Congress management was eager on an early decision of all points so {that a} joint marketing campaign might start in Bengal in proper earnest.