KOLKATA: Describing the Congress as a “massive letdown” for the Grand Alliance, which did not kind authorities in Bihar, CPI(ML) Liberation normal secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya hoped the celebration would undertake a “extra reasonable” strategy throughout its seat-sharing talks with the Left Entrance in West Bengal.
Bhattacharya stated he was certain that the grand previous celebration, too, can be reviewing its poor present in Bihar and be cheap whereas sealing a seat-sharing deal in politically delicate Bengal, the place the saffron brigade is making all efforts to clinch energy.
Citing the ballot ends in Bihar, the place the Congress, as a associate of the Grand Alliance, fared poorly, Bhattacharya advised PTI in an interview, “The celebration should not be within the driver’s seat within the CPI(M)-Congress alliance in West Bengal”.
As a part of the seat-sharing deal within the Mahagathbandhan within the lately concluded Bihar elections, the Congress fielded its candidates in 70 out of 243 seats within the state and managed to bag 19.
It is not simply in Bihar that the efficiency of the Congress has dipped, the grand previous celebration scored low in Lok Sabha elections since 2014, in addition to in lots of state polls within the latest years.
In Uttar Pradesh, the place Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav got here collectively in 2017 to combat the BJP, the Congress might win solely seven seats, whereas the Samajwadi Social gathering emerged victorious in 47 segments.
In Assam, the place elections are due in March-April subsequent yr, the Congress, which had been ruling the state since 2001, misplaced energy in 2016 when its power slipped to 26 within the 126-member Home.
Equally, throughout Tripura polls, the Congress drew clean in 10 seats that it had received in 2013.
Extra lately, in Odisha, the place meeting elections have been held together with the parliamentary polls in 2019, the Naveen Patnaik-headed BJD returned to energy, clinching 112 seats within the 147-member meeting, whereas the Congress misplaced its place as the primary opposition to the BJP.
The Communist Social gathering of India (Marxist-Leninst) (Liberation), then again, has carried out properly in Bihar, profitable 12 out of the 19 meeting constituencies it contested.
Even the CPI and CPI(M) bagged two seats every. The 2 had no illustration within the Bihar Meeting in 2015.
The CPI-ML (Liberation), which has pockets of affect in lots of areas of the central Bihar, had simply received three seats throughout 2015 polls.
The RJD, which spearheads the anti-NDA coalition in Bihar, bagged 75 seats to emerge as the one largest celebration in state elections.
The Grand Alliance, altogether, received 110 seats.
The NDA, because of the stupendous outcomes of the BJP, triumphed in 125 meeting segments, three greater than the magic determine of 122 within the 243-member Bihar Home.
“The Congress was an enormous letdown for the Grand Alliance in Bihar. The seat-sharing association ought to have been a extra reasonable one. The success price of the Congress is the bottom. I’m certain the celebration, too, can be reviewing its efficiency,” Bhattacharya stated.
The veteran chief additional stated, “I hope the Congress will be taught its classes from the just-concluded polls in Bihar and undertake a extra reasonable strategy through the seat-sharing course of in West Bengal.
” Although not part of the Left Entrance in Bengal — which contains the CPI(M), the CPI, the Ahead Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Social gathering (RSP) — the CPI-ML (Liberation) had been placing up its nominees in a handful of seats within the state with none success.
Buoyed by its efficiency in Bihar, the unconventional left- wing outfit is getting ready to enter the fray in Bengal once more, this time with extra vigour.
The communist chief, nevertheless, replied in destructive when requested about the potential of any understanding between the CPI (ML) Liberation and the TMC in West Bengal to tackle the BJP.
He additionally contended that it could be “too early to remark” whether or not the celebration can be a part of the CPI(M)- Congress alliance within the West Bengal, the place Meeting polls are due in April-Could subsequent yr.