With the West Bengal Assembly elections fast approaching, political parties are setting themselves to hit the battleground.
In a significant development, the Congress is set to take on the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP. The Congress high command has formally given its nod to the state unit to enter into a seat-sharing pact with the Left parties to contest the 2021 elections.
West Bengal Congress president and Lok Sabha MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tweeted the announcement.
Taking to tweet, Chowdhury said: “Today the Congress high command has formally approved the electoral alliance with the Left parties in the impending election of West Bengal.”
While some sections of the party have touted the alliance would end up favouring the BJP, the party’s state unit had been insisting on a tie-up with the Left while opposing any pact with the ruling TMC.
Welcoming the move by the party, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asserted that the BJP and the TMC had the same “political DNA”. Justifying his claims, the leader said the party had been “subject to persecution by the ruling dispensation in West Bengal”, while adding the Congress and the Left parties “occupy the secular space” in the state.
Stating the media has made the Bengal politics a BJP-TMC centric fight, the MP said: “The impression (of a straight fight between the TMC and the BJP) has been gaining because of media hype. Because the media is trying to project that only two forces are there. But that is far from the reality and far from the truth”.
Congress is set to fight the upcoming assembly elections, in March-April next year, on the grounds of secularism and liberal democracy.
This is not the first time that the Congress and the Left will contest the Bengal elections together. They had formed a coalition in the state in the 2016 polls.