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Kolkata: CONGRESS Rajya Sabha nominee from Bengal Abhishek Manu Singhvi has said that the Left parties should make up their mind vis-à-vis their political relations with the Congress.

Singhvi, who is in Kolkata now, has also declined that there is an alliance between the Congress and Trinamool. Instead, Trinamool backing his Rajya Sabha candidature from Bengal is a “time-based” and “issue-based” political understanding, he claimed.

The Congress leader, who is a native of Rajasthan, today paid a visit to the West Bengal Assembly from where he will try his luck for the Rajya Sabha on 23 March. Singhvi went straight into the chamber of Congress’ Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan and met both Congress and some Trinamool MLAs there.

Later, he told a news conference that Trinamool extending support for his candidature should not be termed as an “alliance” between the two parties. “In politics, time-based and issue-based decisions are taken at times. This is one such understanding,” he said.

Asked about his comments on the pact between CPI-M and Congress in Bengal since the 2016 Assembly polls and now the CPI-M’s decision to field Rabin Deb against him, Singhvi said that it is the Left’s prerogative.

“You should pose this question to the Left. It is their prerogative to decide the kind of political relationship they want to have with the Congress. But let me clarify that Congress is an opposition party in Bengal and there is no ambiguity about this,” he added.