CPM against national alliance, but ready to share seats with Congress

CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury is though opposing for a national level alliance by opposition parties against BJP, is working out a modus operandi where it will go on state-level alliances and also seat sharing with Congress in some states, as it is compelled to avoid alliance with the later.

As both CPM and Congress are principle political opponents in Kerala, the only state CPM continue in power, it is feared that having alliance with Congress in other states may affects its electoral advantages in the southernmost state.

As these are the first general elections for Yechury, at a time the party is losing its national prominence with a single-digital seat in the Lok Sabha, his immediate target should be to ensure double-digit LS seats, besides makes the party relevance in post-poll alliances.

Particularly, CPM and Congress alliance is strongly felt in West Bengal, where both the parties are losing their ground with the phenomenal growth of BJP as a major threat to ruling-TMC. Congress initially tried its best for an alliance with Congress, but Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with an adamant attitude denied.

In the first phace, CPM has decided that there would be “no mutual contest” on the six Lok Seats, presently held by both the parties in the state. A decision over the rest of the seats in the state would be taken later. The CPM also indicated that it would support the Congress in states where the grand old party is locked in a direct contest with the BJP.

“A triangular fight in Bengal will be better than a quadrangular fight. The decision (no mutual contest) was backed by an overwhelming majority (in the party). Situation has changed and so the tactics,” Sitaram Yechury said after party’s central committee met in the national capital to discuss alliances in various states for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

In Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Bihar, talks are on with regional parties – the DMK, the NCP and the RJD, respectively – for alliances. In Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, the party wants to consolidate its position in a few seats by projecting Left Front unity.

In two Telugu states, the party is exploring the possibility of CPM-CPI unity and a possible alliance with Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena party. In Telangana, the CPM hopes to tie up with the CPI that fought against the party in the recent Assembly elections.

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