THE “electoral understanding” between the Left Front and the Congress seems to have claimed its first casualty with the Samajwadi Party (SP) all set to pull out of the Left Front in West Bengal.
While party MP Kiranmoy Nanda will make the official announcement on Friday, state SP president Bijay Singh said: “Yes, we might pull out of the Left Front”.
Nanda, however, told The Indian Express, that SP will no longer be a part of the Left Front. “Our policy is to remain equidistant with the BJP and the Congress. We cannot be party to any front which grows friendship with either of them,” Nanda said.
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The Left Front, however, claimed that there had been several complaints against the SP. “They had not worked in the interest of the Left, not participated in the Left movement and not even attended most of the meetings. They had pitched candidates against CPM on several occasions and of late had come out with statements criticising the Congress-Left electoral understanding. They have even issued statements against the CPM,” said a senior CPM leader.
CPM state secretary and Leader of Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra said SP had been asked to clear its stand. “There were certain complaints against the SP and we have told their state leadership to clear their stand ahead of Assembly polls,” Mishra said.
It was found out that there had been some issues with seat-sharing. SP is not ready to sacrifice any of the five seats they had contested from in the last Assembly elections. “It will be difficult to explain to our voters how we oppose the Congress nationally and form ally with them here. The decision will be counter-productive for the party nationally,” said a senior SP leader.
In the last Assembly elections SP had contested from five seats and won from one — Bhabangola constituency in Murshidabad. Thei