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KOLKATA: The Left-Congress-ISF alliance will kick-off its marketing campaign for the upcoming meeting elections in West Bengal with a mega rally on the Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata on Sunday.
The CPM-led Left Front and the Congress have already sealed a seat-sharing settlement, whereas the talks between the Left and Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui’s ISF have additionally concluded with each agreeing on 30 seats for the newly- floated outfit.
The negotiations between Congress and the Indian Secular Front (ISF) are at current underway, and each side are hopeful that the variations over a number of seats can be resolved, sources mentioned.
“The mega rally at Brigade will mark the beginning of our campaign for the assembly elections. We want to provide an alternative to the anti-people and communal politics of the TMC and the BJP,” senior Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya mentioned.
“A section of the press, and the TMC and the BJP are trying to project it as a two-cornered contest, but it will be a three-way fight in Bengal,” he added.
CPM normal secretary Sitaram Yechury, state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury, ISF’s Siddiqui would be the essential audio system on the rally.
Chattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel can even be current, apart from state leaders of the Congress and the Left events.
The state Congress and the Left wished Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to deal with the rally, which might have given a significant enhance to the alliance’s marketing campaign, however each avoided it, contemplating the compulsions of the Kerala elections the place the Congress-led UDF is in a direct contest in opposition to the LDF, sources mentioned.
The CPM has gone all out to marketing campaign for the rally- branded as ‘People’s Brigade’, launching progressive methods, from on social media to the streets.
The social gathering’s youth activists have been internet hosting flash mobs over the previous few weeks at a number of areas throughout Kolkata, together with purchasing malls, busy site visitors intersections and crowded localities.
A parody of hit Bengali quantity ‘Tumpa Sona’ on social media, asking folks to attend the Brigade rally has additionally created a wave.
“At the Brigade rally, we will speak about alternative policies. We are fighting against both the TMC and the BJP, which are communal forces,” senior CPM chief Md Salim mentioned.
The Left-Congress, the vote share of which has been on a decline in West Bengal with the rise of the BJP, acquired a shot within the arm with Siddiqui becoming a member of the alliance forward of the West Bengal polls, which is being seen principally as a bipolar contest between the Trinamool Congress and BJP.
Siddiqui, a pirzada at one of many holiest shrines amongst Bengali Muslims — Furfura Sharif in Hooghly, launched the ISF final month. He created a flutter by assembly AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi forward of the elections however ditched him for the Left-Congress.
West Bengal has 30 per cent Muslim population- a deciding think about round 100-110 seats.
In case of a detailed contest, the Left-Congress-ISF alliance will turn into a deciding issue.
In 2016, the Congress and Left Front had fought collectively and bagged 77 seats within the 294-member meeting. The alliance broke after the CPM-led Left Front walked away.
During the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the proposed Congress-Left alliance fell aside after the events couldn’t agree on seat sharing.
After the dismal efficiency of the 2 sides within the Lok Sabha polls, the Left-Congress determined to sew an alliance to combat the 2021 meeting polls.
The particulars of the alliance’s seat-sharing shall be introduced as soon as the ISF-Congress talks conclude, sources mentioned.
Elections for the West Bengal meeting shall be held in eight phases, up from seven final time, starting with polling for 30 seats on March 27.

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