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Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 26 December: CPI-M is not averse to a tie-up with the Congress to take on Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool in West Bengal, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury indicated today.

The indication comes on the eve of CPI-M’s third plenum that kicks off with a public rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata at 1 pm tomorrow. CPI-M is looking at a crowd of over 10 lakh to attend the rally. The plenum will be underway from 27-31 December.

Addressing the Press after a party central committee meeting at CPI-M Bengal state headquarters at Alimuddin Street here today, Yechury said that any democratic force willing to fight the autocratic Trinamool Congress was welcome for an alliance with the party.

“The people in Bengal are writhing under the tyranny of Trinamool and the BJP is trying to stoke up communal disharmony in the state. Thus, the issue is, facing this challenge and overcome it. If other forces are willing to come and fight this, yes they are welcome,” Yechury said responding to a query whether CPI-M would enter into an alliance with Congress for the Bengal Assembly elections due mid next year.

The remark is significant as so far, the CPI-M top leadership had been avoiding a direct answer on this and were insisting that the “people will take a call on the alliance in January based on the concrete situation prevailing then.” 

Yechury today also alleged that the Trinammol and the BJP have entered into an unofficial alliance to mint mutual gains.

“Trinamool needs to stop the CBI (which is probing the Saradha Scam) and the BJP needs them in the Parliament (in Rajya Sabha where BJP in is minority). Hence, they have got into a match fixing,” he said.

“Also, this suits their respective vote banks. The more the BJP raises its communal agenda in Bengal, the more it tends to benefit the Trinamool through polarisation. One need not be a rocket scientist to comprehend this,” the CPI-M general secretary added.

Meanwhile, CPI-M Bengal leadership are all geared up to host the party plenum that will be attended by party delegates from across India. Party state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra and Left Front chairman Biman Bose visited the Brigade Parade Ground and took stock of the arrangements for tomorrow’s rally.

The four-day plenum will decide the path and strategy that the CPI-M is to take in future.

Ever since coming to existence in 1964, CPI-M will be holding its third plenum from tomorrow, and incidentally, the venue for all the plenums have been West Bengal. The first plenum was held at Burdwan from 5-12 April in 1968, and the second plenum was held at Salkia in Howrah from 27-31 December in 1978.

The plenum this time, being held after 37 years, comes roughly four months ahead of the Assembly polls in West Bengal and Kerala.

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