Seat sharing between Cong and Left: Don’t immediately write a success story or an obituary, says Mohammed Salim

Salim announced that Left-supported Forward Bloc candidate Bibhas Chakraborty will contest from Murshidabad.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: March 25, 2016 11:59:25 am
BJP women’s wing chief and Howrah (North) candidate Rupa Ganguly with CPM leaders Mohammed Salim and Surjya Kanta Mishra in Kolkata on Wednesday morning. (Source: PTI) BJP women’s wing chief and Howrah (North) candidate Rupa Ganguly with CPM leaders Mohammed Salim and Surjya Kanta Mishra in Kolkata on Wednesday morning. (Source: PTI)

CPM MP Mohammed Salim on Thursday announced that Left-supported Forward Bloc candidate Bibhas Chakraborty will contest from Murshidabad in the state Assembly polls beginning next month.

Speaking to mediapersons, Salim said: “Left Front Chairman Biman Bose, in a statement today, had said that Forward Bloc candidate Bibhas Chakraborty will contest from Murshidabad assembly constituency.” He added that from Bagdah constituency in North-24 Parganas, Forward Bloc candidate Ashok Biswas would replace Mrinal Sikdar.

Asked about the confusion still prevailing in the electoral understanding between Congress and the Left — both parties have nominated candidates from a number of same seats — Salim said: “It is an entirely new situation… will take some time to settle down… Don’t immediately write a success story or an obituary. Give it some time…”

“Previously, some party heads had sat together and formed an alliance. This is a situation where millions of people have come together… we are the instrument. Both situations cannot be the same,” he added.

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Referring to the Narada News sting operation, in which several Trinamool Congress leaders were purportedly seen accepting bribes from a fictitious company, Salim said CPM has checked the authenticity of the video. “It is genuine,” he claimed.

He went on to challenge Trinamool president and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to negate CPM’s claim. “We have a software — it is readily available — that can find out if a video clip had undergone a voice over, video mixing or editing. This one, we have found out, is genuine. Now, we challenge the Trinamool to prove us otherwise. They do not want to conduct a probe because they know they are at fault,” Selim said.

“On previous occasions, whenever there were allegations of any MP being involved in corruption, CPM had taken stern action against the accused… But Trinamool, on the other hand, blames the person who had conducted the sting,” he added.

Salim also accused the Union government of giving “passive support” to the Trinamool in this regard. “It is a quid pro quo between the Trinamool and the BJP. During the Budget Session in the Parliament, Trinamool leaders did not raise their voice against the BJP… In return, BJP has gone slow in the CBI probe into the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam,” he said.

He added: “There is a criminal aspect to accepting bribes. Why is the Union government not getting an FIR lodged and initiating a criminal investigation? Because both parties need each other.”

Drawing a parallel between the Centre and the state’s attitude in curbing students’ movement, Salim said: “What the Centre has done at JNU, the state has replicated it at Jadavpur University. The aim is to divert the attention of the people from larger issues that depict massive failure of the Centre and the state.”