WITH a single-point agenda to oust the ruling Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal, the state unit of regional parties such as Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal (Secular) on Wednesday extended support to the speculated CPM-Congress alliance and said they were even ready to sacrifice seats to defeat TMC.
The JD(U), which had pitched 71 candidates in the 2011 Assembly elections said talks were still on with the Left about the number of seats they would have to give up. “We are with the alliance as we want the removal of the TMC from Bengal first. There will be a few more rounds of talks before we settle on the final number of seats to be contested on, which then would need to be approved by the central leadership along with the names we suggest,” said Amitava Dutta, state president of JD(U).
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Expressing similar views, Binda Ray, state president of RJD said, “We are happy about the alliance because it will not be possible for political parties to defeat the TMC alone and in order to oust the fascist ruling regime in the state, it is essential that the Opposition parties unit.”
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The RJD had asked for six seats, including Kharagpur and Burrabazar, from where they had pitched candidates in the previous elections. “We have been told that we would likely be given two seats. We will decide on the final number of seats and then send it to our chief Lalu Prasad for approval,” Ray said.
JD(S) leader Shyambehari Singh admitted that their candidates had been in the fray in two Assembly constituencies – Rash Behari and Chowringhee — last time and this year they might have to let go of one of the seats. “Do we have an option? If asked, we will most likely give up Chowringhee as firstly, we would like to see this tyrannical government lose and second, we understand that the probable Congress candidates are stronger at Chowringhee,” Singh said.
In the past two months, Left Front chairman Biman Bose and other senior CPM leaders such as Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Surya Kanta Mishra have appealed to all secular democratic parties to come together to fight against the ruling TMC.