Bengal Cong Chief Writes To Rahul Gandhi On Seat-Sharing With Left

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Kolkata: West Bengal Congress chief Somen Mitra Tuesday wrote a letter to party president Rahul Gandhi, underlining the need for “seat-sharing or alliance” with the CPI(M) to “stop the march of BJP in the state and dethrone the TMC in 2021 assembly polls”.

According to sources in the state Congress, Mitra also mentioned about the “aspirations of party workers and leaders” to contest the 2019 polls from two seats – Raiganj and Murshidabad.

These two seats have been the bone of contention in the seat-sharing talks with the Left for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“I have written a letter to Rahulji with my assessment. Now it is for our party president and the AICC to take a call on the matter. I can’t disclose anything further,” Mitra told.

“The development comes a day after the CPI(M) central committee, in a move to untangle the formula of seat-sharing between the two political blocs to consolidate anti-BJP and anti-TMC votes, proposed “no mutual contest” for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in six seats currently held by the Congress and the Left Front in West Bengal.

The state Congress leadership on Monday, reacting to the development had said there can be no compromise on its demand for the two parliamentary seats – Raiganj and Murshidabad, which are known as Congress strongholds.