ONCE again giving air to the speculation of a possible alliance of the Left and the Congress, senior CPM leader Gautam Deb Monday said both parties were fighting on the same issues against common political enemies – the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and the BJP at Centre.
“Both of us are fighting against the common political opponent and we are fighting on the same issues. As we have a common opponent, our issues are also same,” Deb said.
He was talking to the reporters at Barasat, following a meeting of the district committee of the party. Asked if there was a possibility of the two parties coming together in the near future, Deb, a CPM central committee member, said, “I can’t comment on it. It is for the party’s central committee to decide. But you can never say what happens during elections on the electoral battle field”.
“In a formal alliance the question of seat adjustment arises. We are not going into those. But at the moment, the prime objective is to remove Modi and Mamata,” he said, adding, “We need to unite the democratic and secular forces in order to oust the TMC”.
Deb, earlier too, had advocated an alliance with the Congress to oust the TMC from power in Bengal. But the party leadership then had distanced himself from the comment and Deb too had claimed that he had been misquoted.
Political watchers were quick to interpret his latest statement as a subtle hint of alliance with the Congress in the state.
State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury, however, scotched any such possibility saying the issues between the Left and the Congress might be the same but their ways of political movement were different.
“They are fighting on their own and we are fighting on our own. When we called Bengal Bandh a few days back the Left did not support us, neither did they oppose us. Congress is going on with its plan individually. As far as Deb is concerned, I don’t think even all of his party leaders agree with him all the time,” Adhir said.
However, like Deb, he too said that the Congress was fighting against the policies of the BJP at the Centre and against the TMC at the state level. “The people of the state are now aware of the tacit understanding between the TMC and the BJP as both the parties are speaking the same language,” Chowdhury said.
Several senior Congress leaders like Abdul Manan and Omprakash Mishra had in the past openly advocated an alliance between the Congress and the Left in the state to oust the TMC.
“Congress fought against the CPM for a long time. But the Left was a villain in the past. The present villain is the TMC, which needs to be uprooted at any cost,” Mishra said.