Rahul Met Pradesh Congress Leaders, No Decision On Alliance

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New Delhi: The West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee met Party vice-president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday, where Rahul is yet to take a decision on forming an alliance before the upcoming Assembly elections in Bengal.

Before leaving for Delhi, state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury on Sunday declined reports that Rahul was keen on an alliance with the ruling Trinamool Congress and claimed that the party wants to join hands with the CPM. “As long as I sit on the chair of the state Congress president, there will be no alliance with the TMC,” Chowdhury told The Indian Express.

Asked if the party’s central leadership will forge an alliance with the TMC, Chowdhury said, “I don’t think there will be any such instructions. We will apprise them of the ground reality and tell them that people here wanted the Congress to team up with the CPM. The priority is to oust the TMC government which is the immediate threat.”

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Besides Chowdhury, other leaders from the state who attended Monday’s meeting with Rahul and Congress general secretary and in-charge of West Bengal C P Joshi are Abdul Mannan, Pradeep Bhattacharya, Manas Bhuniya, Deepa Dasmunshi, Somen Mitra, and Om Prakash Mishra. They are scheduled to assemble at Bhattacharya’s Delhi residence on Sunday night to discuss the issues related to the meeting.