Congress goes ‘Left’ in West Bengal poll battle

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New Delhi/Kolkata: In an important development, the Congress party on Thursday announced that it will contest the Assembly Elections due in West Bengal in April-May next year in alliance with the Left parties.

The announcement was made by senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. He said the alliance has got the approval of the party’s top leadership.

“Today, Congress High command has formally approved the electoral alliance with the Left parties in the impending election of West Bengal,” Chowdhury tweeted.

It may be recalled that the Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s central committee had in October given its approval to the state unit’s decision to ally with secular parties, including the Congress, for the upcoming West Bengal polls.

The CPI(M) top leadership had in the last elections in 2016 decided against allying with the Congress party. In the elections with Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress won, the Congress had bagged 44 seats while the Left Front had finished with just 32 seats.

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