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West Bengal Congress Pushes For Non-TMC, Non-BJP Front

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Kolkata: Is a non-BJP, non-TMC front in the making in West Bengal? The West Bengal unit of the Congress party has reportedly proposed to defeat what it calls the “nexus” between the Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) and the BJP in the state and pitched for an alliance with the Left parties that would include opening up of common offices. O P Mishra, general secretary of the West Bengal Congress, told The Indian Express that the report had been sent to the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in Delhi and the party’s Bengal unit was awaiting its response.

The report’s main agenda was not just next year’s Lok Sabha polls, but to “draw a long-term plan to see how we can make a recovery in the 2021 assembly elections, defeat the TMC and come to power”, Mishra said. Not a strong player in the state for decades, the Congress has been pushed further into the margins with the rise of the BJP in West Bengal. The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC, however, is the state’s dominant party — and far ahead of the rest.

The report sent to Congress headquarters lists a 21-step plan to thwart the “TMC-BJP nexus”. This includes a common social media and online strategy and development of a volunteer force comprising non-BJP and non-TMC parties, the Express reported.

Interestingly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took a swipe at the  Congress a few days ago, alleging that the national party was opposing the BJP in Delhi but “holding hands” in West Bengal, the NDTV had reported. “Where are the rules, the principles of the Congress?” she said.

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