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Bengal Congress seeks to join hands with TMC, cite Lalu-Nitish experiment

Political enemies, Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar set aside their differences to take on the resurgent BJP. Political enemies, Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar set aside their differences to take on the resurgent BJP.
Written by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay | Kolkata | Posted: August 26, 2014 2:16 am | Updated: August 26, 2014 10:03 am

With political foes-turned friends-alliance of Lalu Prasad (RJD) and Nitish Kumar (JD-U) scoring big in the Assembly bypolls in Bihar, the clamour for an alliance between the Trinamool Congress and the Opposition Congress in West Bengal has become louder.

The votaries of such a tie-up in the Congress are now saying, they will raise the demand with the party high command in Delhi.

The foremost among them is Abdul Mannan, former Congress MLA and now party spokesperson, who said he will visit Delhi soon. “I have always been saying in West Bengal, we need an alliance with the Trinamool Congress to ward off the BJP. I will visit Delhi in a few days and tell Madam Sonia Gandhi about this,” Mannan told The Indian Express.

Manas Bhunia, former state Congress president who earlier in the day met party general secretary in charge of Bengal C P Joshi, refused to be drawn in the debate. However, he said, “It is our high command, which will decide on such things”.
Another former PCC chief Somen Mitra, who met party president Sonia Gandhi today, said it was too early to comment on such an alliance.

“It is true that the Lalu-Nitish combine worked wonders in Bihar. But it is too early to suggest we also should have an alliance here,” Mitra said.

Both Mitra and Bhunia, who were called to Delhi for their version of the problems party is facing in West Bengal, apprised the party high command about the present situation. “I have told Joshiji that the party here is facing a crisis. So many leaders, including nine MLAs, have left, and people are still leaving. I requested party high command to make a serious introspection of the situation and take corrective measures,” Bhunia told The Indian Express from Delhi.

Mitra said that he also apprised the party president about the erosion in the party base. “Madam asked why people in such big numbers were leaving and I told her it was a natural phenomenon. Whenever there is a crisis, some people leave the party,” Mitra said.

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