LEFT FRONT Chairman Biman Bose on Tuesday said while all Left constituents and allies such as JD(U) and RJD would participate in a protest rally against rise in the prices of essential commodities, Congress would not be invited to it.
This comes a day after a CPM central committee review of last month’s Assembly election results witnessed dramatic scenes, with a member walking out and announcing her resignation in protest against the party not taking any action against its Bengal leadership for the poll tie-up with Congress. The party later expelled Jagmati Sangwan for “gross indiscipline”.
Sangwan had made her protest public after the committee concluded that the tie-up with the Congress was not in consonance with the party line but not a violation either.
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“Left parties and other allies will hold a protest on July 11 against rise in the prices of essential commodities, electricity tariff and the Centre’s decision to allow FDI in several sectors. The rally will begin from Y Channel at Esplanade and end at College Square,” Bose told mediapersons.
Asked if Congress would also be invited to the event as its leaders had urged all parties, including CPM, to join its rally on June 25, Bose said: “It is a Left Front programme. We are not inviting the Congress. The CPM can organise independent programmes and also decide whether it will join Congress programmes. I am not here to report on behalf of CPM. I am here to talk on behalf of Left Front.”
While claiming that Congress has invited the CPM and not all Left Front parties for the June 25 event, Bose said floor coordination between CPM and Congress would continue in the state Assembly.
The Congress has invited CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra to participate in its rally to protest against the price rise and post-poll violence.
CPI state secretary Prabodh Panda said: “Has the Congress ever invited the Left Front to their programmes? They have only invited Surjya Kanta Mishra and company. There is no question of inviting them to a Left movement.”
State JD(U) president Amitava Dutta, who had attended joint rallies of Congress and CPM in the past, said: “Politics is a game of trial and error. The next election is in 2019. There is ample time to decide whether there should be a combined movement.”
Asked if he would go for the Congress movement on June 25, he said, “So far, I have not had any word with state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury. I will think it over if I get an invitation.”
When contacted, Chowdhury, however, said: “When we entered into an alliance with CPM, we were open about it and we still maintain that. What the Left Front says is its internal matter. I don’t think I should comment on it.”