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RS polls: Some Cong leaders in WB unhappy over taking TMC's support

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

A section of leaders in today said they were apprehensive that the high-command's decision to take the support of the Trinamool (TMC) in getting elected to the might not go down well with the party's rank and file and give an advantage to the BJP.

A senior MLA, on the condition of anonymity, said, "The party may have other national-level equations in mind, but there is no point in humiliating us in front of the TMC, which has tried to destroy the in the state by poaching on our leaders and MLAs."

"If the views of the party's state leadership is of no importance, then why did they discuss the matter with us?" he wondered.

Political observers say the TMC extending support to Singhvi in the polls from is a clear indication of an emerging alliance between the Mamata Banerjee-led party and the Congress, in a bid to stop the BJP's juggernaut in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Banerjee had stated on March 9 that her party would support Singhvi in the elections from the state, even before the Congress' announcement of the candidature.

The leadership of the state and the CPI(M), which had fought the 2016 Assembly polls in Bengal together, were in talks regarding nominating an for the polls.

"Both the parties were taken by surprise when the TMC announced its support to Singhvi," the said.

The of Opposition in the state Assembly, Abdul Mannan, however, tried to put up a brave face, saying the TMC's decision to support Singhvi would not affect the Congress' equations with the CPI(M) in Bengal.

Referring to the TMC's support to the Congress' candidate, Pradip Bhattacharya, last year, he said, "Earlier also we had taken the TMC's support to send our candidate to the (of Parliament)."

However, several MLAs, who spoke to PTI on the condition of anonymity, said the high-command's decision would send a wrong message to the party cadre.

"It will give an advantage to the BJP, which is occupying the space of the main opposition in the state," they said.

The leaders pointed out that and Mannan did not accompany Singhvi, when he filed his nomination papers in the Assembly.

Asked about the Congress' decision to take the TMC's support in the polls, CPI(M) said, "The did whatever they felt was right. It is for them to decide whether they will side with the TMC or fight against its oppression.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 15:55 IST