The state Congress has finally been given the nod from the party leadership in Delhi to contest the Lok Sabha elections without forming an alliance with the Trinamool Congress.
Announcing this Saturday, PCC general secretary Om Prakash Mishra said: “We held a meeting with (Congress vice-president) Rahul Gandhi today. He directed us to fight it alone in the Lok Sabha elections in the state. There is not even a remote chance of forming an alliance with the TMC,” said
Mishra added that the party will field candidates in all 42 seats in the state.
Sources said Congress MP Deepa Dasmunsi from North Bengal and PCC president Pradip Bhattacharya were vocal in explaining during the meeting with Rahul as to why they did not want an alliance with the ruling party.
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“We told the party leadership that if we go for an alliance in this election, we may gain on seats but lose on the organisation. The organisation would be destroyed. Our party would be nowhere and the TMC wants that. Besides, we have been opposing the ruling party on so many issues,” said a senior Congress leader.