Cong Unwilling To Allow CPIM Candidates In Raigunj & Murshidabad

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Kolkata: The Pradesh Congress Committee is not ready to allow the CPI(M) to field candidates in Raigunj and Murshidabad Lok Sabha seats and does not want any adjustment but an alliance with the latter till 2021 Assembly polls, Somen Mitra said on Wednesday.

Mitra has informed Congress president Rahul Gandhi about the PCC’s decision and he will take a final call in the matter.

The CPI(M) had both the seats in 2014 Parliament election. Mohammad Selim had won from Raigunj by 1,634 votes while Badruddoja Khan defeated his rival by 18,453 votes in Murshidabad.

The PCC leaders said both the seats were strongholds of the Congress. Raigunj is the native place of Priyaranjan Das Munshi. The two sides have already held several rounds of talks but were unable to untangle the skein of Raiganj and Murshidabad, the only seats the CPI(M) won in the last Lok Sabha elections in the state.

The Congress incumbent Mannan Hossain got 4.08 lakh votes while Khan received 4. 26 lakh votes. Trinamool Congress candidate Mohammad Ali had bagged 2.89 lakh votes.

Congress leaders said that the party was strong in both the seats. “Under such a situation let there be a four-cornered fight,” Mitra said.

The PCC also want that it will not be a seat adjustment but an alliance and which will continue till the Assembly polls which will be held in 2021. Congress and CPI(M) had inked an alliance in 2016 Assembly polls.

In 2018 Panchayat elections, the two parties fought separately and could not do well. In all the by-elections after 2016, the performance of both the parties has been poor.