Tripura unit of CPI-M denies alliance with Congress

Agartala, Mar. 9 (ANI): The Tripura wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has rejected suggestions that it intends to form an alliance with the Congress Party before the forthcoming assembly elections in West Bengal.

CPI-M state secretary Bijan Dhar described the Congress Party as a political institution of ‘monopolists, landlords and capitalists’.

The party also declared its candidate for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

“In general, the political strategy of our party which is the outcome of the 21st party congress, there is no scope of an alliance with the Congress Party. From this very point, the election strategy has been formulated and naturally with Congress which still is an all India party of the monopolists, land lords and capitalists there is no chance of any alliance,” Dhar said.

“Especially in states like West Bengali, Kerala and Tripura, there is no scope for any alliance or working from a common platform. There is only one point that we have to remove Trinamul Congress and revive democracy as we have seen in Tripura and so trying to bring all those forces and people together,” he added.

He, however, kept the door open for the Congress and added that at present alliance with Congress is not required but may be necessary in the future to fight ‘upcoming fascist forces’.

The CPIM state secretary of Tripura said, “To fight back fascist forces, upcoming fascist forces then it will be taken but at present as decided by the central committee we are not going to align with Congress.”

When asked about the clear standpoint of the CPIM about Left-Congress alliance in Bengal, Dhar viewed that his party in the West Bengal is trying its best to ‘topple semi-fascist government’ while in Kerala the fight is against the Congress and UDF and similar is the fight in Assam where the Congress is in the government and also with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Later he announced that unanimously Jharna Das Baidya, the sitting MP has been chosen as its candidate for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

The Left Front has 50 of the total 60 seats in the Tripura State Assembly. (ANI)

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