Congress announces alliance with Left for upcoming assembly polls in West Bengal

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Updated: Dec 24, 2020 4:50 PM

The Congress had also tied up with the Left in the 2016 assembly elections. In the last polls, the Congress had contested 90 seats and won 44 with over 12 per cent vote share. The Left had contested 148 and won 26 seats, 14 down from what it had won in 2011.

Congress ties with Left to contest Bengal Polls.

The Congress has allied with the Left to contest the upcoming assembly election in West Bengal. Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Chowdhury today said that the top leadership has given its approval to the alliance. “Today the Congress high command has formally approved the electoral alliance with the Left parties in the impending election of West Bengal,” Chowdhury said.

The Congress had also tied up with the Left in the 2016 assembly elections. In the last polls, the Congress had contested 90 seats and won 44 with over 12 per cent vote share. The Left had contested 148 and won 26 seats, 14 down from what it had won in 2011.

Despite poor performance, the Congress had said that it wold continue its alliance with Left parties in West Bengal. Then Congress state chief Chowdhury had said that his party’s alliance with the Left parties was not for just one assembly elections. He had said that Congress-Left alliance would continue in the future too.

This time, the contest is expected to be between the ruling TMC and the BJP.

The dates for the assembly elections are yet to be announced but the parties have started their campaigns in the state. Recently, Home Minister Amit Shah visited the eastern state and held a massive really in Midnapore. He also inducted 9 opposition MLAs including former TMC heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari in BJP. He also held a massive roadshow in Birbhum, where he said the BJP will form the next government by winning 200 seats in the upcoming assembly polls.

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