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In Bengal, CPI(M)'s powerplay to tackle ally pressure over seat-sharing with Congress

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The CPI(M) leadership in is in a fix over choosing between the and its allies, who are not willing to leave the seats they have been contesting for decades.

The is keen on contesting Purulia and Barasat Lok Sabha constituencies which members and CPI have traditionally been contesting.

The development comes a week after the CPI(M) and the resolved the impasse over Raiganj and Murshidabad Lok Sabha seats, following the intervention of and

The Congress has given up its demand for the two seats in the deal, but demanded Purulia and Barasat. This has led to a situation which has delaying the announcement of candidates of both the sides.

Purulia and Barasat are currently held by the

"The Congress wants those two seats as they have a strong presence there. But the and the CPI are not willing to leave the seats. Let's see what happens. Talks are on," said a senior CPI(M) leader.

Naren Chatterjee, who is averse to the CPI(M)-Congress seat sharing adjustment, said the party, as part of the Left Front, fights only three seats and there is no question of leaving them to the Congress.

CPI(M) central committee member held a meeting with state Congress to resolve the impasse.

According to sources, another round of talks between the two parties is likely to take place on Thursday.

While the Congress had bagged four seats in the state in the 2014 general election, the CPI(M) had won only Raiganj and Murshidabad. The TMC got 34 seats and the BJP two.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 23:20 IST