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We should unite to oust the Trimool: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  12 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Kolkata, Feb 11: Giving their stamp of approval on efforts to cobble up an alliance with the Congress for the upcoming West Bengal assembly polls, partners in the Left Front on Thursday said discussions should be held with the Congress on the issue if the party so desired.

In a related development, former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said a common will to remove the Trimool Congress from power could be the basis for an alliance between the parties despite their mutual differences.

The 11 Left Front partners, who met during the day, lobbed the issue of alliance on the Congress court.

“There has been no formal discussions so far with the Congress. All 11 Left Front partners said if the Congress wants to hold discussions with us on the issue, we will discuss,” the combine’s chairman Biman Bose told mediapersons. In an obvious reference to the alliance efforts, Communist Party of India-Marxist veteran leader Bhattacharjee exuded confidence that past bitterness and differences would not stand in the way.

“There is one thing that you and we understand. There is a call for unity, an alliance. Why? Some people are saying we all should unite, join hands to oust the Trimool.

“Nothing good will happen to Bengal if Trimool is not removed from power. This party (Trimool) are sending our state towards doom,” Bhattacharjee said.

Addressing a party rally at Barrackpore in North 24 Pargas district, the veteran leader said there could be an alliance based on the common consensus of removing the Trimool.

“Whoever wants to oust the Trimool, there may be differences between us, two individuals or parties may differ on issues, but there is a broad consensus is that this government has to be removed. We have to do it. We have to prepare for that. I am confident.”

Bhattacharjee, however, said he could not divulge everything as his party would start a two-day state committee meeting from Thursday to decide on the strategy for the polls.

The state committee’s decision would be conveyed to the CPI-M central committee, which is scheduled to hold a three-day session beginning February 16 to take the fil decision on the alliance.

Welcoming the Left Front stand as a “positive step”, Congress leader Abdul Man also hoped the alliance would be a reality. (IANS)

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