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Kowtowing before Congress CPI-M may contest only 20 Lok Sabha seats in West- Bengal

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 4 2019 6:54PM
Kowtowing before Congress CPI-M may contest only 20 Lok Sabha seats in West- Bengal
Kolkata, 4 March (HS): Kowtowing before the Congress, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), may contest in only about 20 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state in coming Lok-Sabha elections. It is worthwhile to mention here that with its Left Front partners this party had ruled West Bengal for 34 years in a row till 2011. The regimented party which in order to remain a ''substantial political force'' in the state following a severe drubbing during the last Parliamentary elections in 2014 when it(CPI-M) won only two Lok Sabha seats in MurshIdabad and Raiganj(North Dinajpur) from Bengal and lost 13 others to the ruling Trinamool Congress, may join hands with the Congress for the first time in the long political history of the state to regain its foothold to some extent. According to sources at the CPI-M state headquarters here today, the party after a series of discussions at the state as well as the central polit-bureau level have almost decided to contest in only 20 of the state''s 42 Lok Sabha seats. Though the party is yet to formally announce its list of candidates for this year''s crucial elections, it indicated that after lots of consideration of all pros and cons and reviewing the prospect of each candidate to win,the party central and state leadership have reportedly unanimously decided to take on the ruling All India Trinamool Congress in one hand and the BJP on the other after forming an electoral alliance with the Congress, which might put up candidates in the remaining 22 seats in the state. During the last elections the Congress won only four seats from Malda district in North Bengal. As per the sources within the CPI-M,the party had almost finalised its list of candidates in a number of seats including those for Jadavpur, Dum Dum,Barrackpore,Kolkata North,Bankura, Jhargram and Burdwan East, besides those in Murshidabad and Raiganj but did not announce them formally because the formal alliance with the Congress was yet to take place. Asked about the possible reasons for delays, the sources informed that though in most of the seats the Congress had no objection in allowing the CPI-M to contest, but in case of one or two like the Raiganj and Murshidabad there was no agreement so far. Among the probable CPI-M candidates for these seats, the sources further stated that while former city Mayor and well known Advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya might contest from Jadavpur, considered to be a left bastion. State Committee member Nepaldeb Bhattacharya or another senior party leader Tanmay Bhattacharya might be chosen to fight for the Dum Dum seat. While the fire-brand left leader Debalinsa Hembram might contest from Jhargram, Gargi Chatterjee was being considered for the Barrakcpore seat. Kolkata Municipal Councillor Rupa Bagchi might also contest from Kolkata North seat,while another senior party comrade Amiya Patra might fight from Bankura, the Sources added. Interestingly, in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections the Trinamool Congress won the maximum 34 seats clinching 39.05 per cent votes, they were followed by Congress which had clinched four seats with only about 9.58 per cent votes to its credit. Both BJP and the CPI-M also won two seats each despite receiving the support of 16.80 per cent and 29.71 per cent electorate in the state''s 42 Lok Sabha constituencies. Hindusthan Samachar- Ankur Bhattacharya \
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