After efforts to forge alliance with ruling Trinamool Congress failed and also attempts to reach understanding with CPM-led Left Front also failed to yield results, the West Bengal Congress has announced today that it would be contesting from all 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. With this, it has put an end to all possibilities of an alliance with the Left Front.
The Congress’ decision came a couple of days after the Left Front announced its candidates in 25 seats out of 42 parliamentary seats in West Bengal. “Left Front announced its candidates in 25 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal on March 15 without any discussion with West Bengal Congress. Due to the unyielding behaviour of CPI (M) and its ally parties in the Left Front, we are calling off the proposed seat sharing in the state and have decided to fight BJP and Trinamool Congress in Bengal with our own force,” West Bengal Congress president Somen Nath Mitra said.
The Left Front in West Bengal three days ago released a list of 25 candidates in the state for the Lok Sabha elections. Last month, Mitra ruled out any possibility of an alliance with the Trinamool Congress for the coming Lok Sabha polls stating that nobody from the party, including its workers, wanted an alliance with TMC. Currently, there are four Congress Lok Sabha Members of Parliament in West Bengal.