Congress  undecided on  alliances in WB, TN

Alliance with the Left in Bengal is not an easy matter considering that at the same time the Communists would be challenging the Congress in another state Kerala

New Delhi : The Congress party has officially dismissed all speculations about getting into alliances ahead of the state assembly elections in West Bengal and Tamilnadu as ”hypothetical.”

Party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singh said: “No decision has been taken as yet. All that is happening is that a process of consultation is on and it is natural that during the course of it many views would be expressed. But there is no decision on these issues.”

With the Left parties hinting that an alliance with the Congress to put up a joint front against Mamata Bannerjee’s Trinamool Congress, the party vice-president Rahul Gandhi had a meeting with state level leaders. After the meeting, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Bengal Congress chief said:”We had a long discussion with Rahul Gandhi.

He listened to us with attention.Although we were present there to express independent views, Rahul Gandhi assured us that all the views will be taken into cognizance.”

Chowdhury who favours an alliance with the Left as he believes that it is the only way to put up a credible challenge not just against the state’s ruling party but also the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi added, “I cannot say that the alliance between Congress and CPM has been done. Rahul Gandhi assured us that in consultation with Sonia Gandhi, he will be able to conclude the chapter of alliance, either yes or no.”

But party leaders believe that working out an alliance with the Left is not an easy matter considering that at the same time the Communists would be challenging the Congress in another state Kerala.

Besides, the coming together of the Left and Congress would drive the voters who are against both the Left and the Trinamool Congress into the arms of the BJP, and this may not be a desirable outcome.

Others feel that the Congress strategy in both these states should not be dictated by the state assembly elections, where it would be a minor partner, but by the 2019 Lok Sabha elections where it has to maximise its presence in these states.

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