“CPM-Congress Ally Talk Underway”

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Kolkata: West Bengal CPM secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said on Monday that the party and the Congress were holding talks to reach an understanding for the Maheshtala Assembly bypoll scheduled for May 28.

The parleys assume significance after the CPM party congress in Hyderabad approved “understanding” with the Congress.

“State Congress leaders had called me up a couple of days ago to discuss joining hands for the Maheshtala bypoll. We are open for talks, ” Mishra told in a news conference here.

Mishra, however, hinted that the CPM would field its candidate for the Maheshtala bypoll which was necessitated by the death of Trinamool MLA Kasturi Das in February.

“We are in number two position in Maheshtala Assembly constituency. So, it is justified for us to nominate a candidate,” said Mishra.

State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury told that CPM leaders Sujan Chakraborty and Samik Lahiri had informed him about their decision to field a candidate in Maheshtala.

“There has not been any formal communication from the CPM leadership,” Chowdhury said while asserting that the Congress was keeping its candidate ready in case the talks failed.

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