Left Front Chairman Biman Bose on Sunday said while there are some confusion in its understanding with the Congress, the two parties had still time to solve the same. He was referring to seats from where both parties have nominated candidates.
State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury had recently claimed that while his party had nominated candidates after holding several meetings with Left leaders, the allies of the Left have announced candidates on seats that the Congress would contest.
When asked, Bose said, “It has been decided that at places, where candidates of Left allies had won in the last Lok Sabha polls, would be nominated this time as well… But this is not being adhered to and thus the confusion.”
He also hinted that Chowdhury had not considered all the names of candidates that Congress has nominated. “I am not sure if the state Congress president has seen all the lists before the same were released… If he had, there would not have been so much confusion,” he said.
He, however, was quick to add: “There was no confusion regarding the first phase of elections. The first phase would be conducted on two days — April 4 and 11. Confusion prevailing on candidates contesting on these two days has been solved.”
“For the next three phases — on April 17, 21 and 25 — the nomination process is yet to begin. Naming candidates doesn’t mean they are final. These minor confusions would be dealt with,” he added.
Clarifying why the seat-sharing arrangement is being met with such hurdles, Bose said: “Ours is not a monolithic party. So, taking a historic step like forming such an unprecedented alliance will not be a very smooth process.”
He went on to announce five more Left candidates for the upcoming elections. They are August Tus (CPI candidate from Kerketta in Jalpaiguri), Nandalal Hazra (CPM candidate from Gangaram in Darjeeling), Dr Ashim Mondal (Independent, Left-supported candidate from Khejuri in East Midnapore), Rajendra Sharma (NCPI candidate from Tarakeswar in Hooghly) and Imtiaz Hossain (Haroa in North-24 Parganas).
He also announced that the candidate for Shyampukur constituency, Keshab Bhattacharya of Forward Bloc, has been replaced by Piyali Pal of the same party.