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WB assembly polls 2021: Cong, Left decide to contest 77 seats they won in 2016


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Kolkata, Jan 25: The Congress and the Left events on Monday determined that within the upcoming West Bengal meeting elections, they’ll contest the seats they’d received respectively within the 2016 polls whereas talks will proceed for the remaining constituencies.

WB assembly polls 2021: Cong, Left decide to contest 77 seats they won in 2016

The Left-Congress alliance in 2016 had received 77 seats, out of which the Congress had emerged victorious in 44. “Right this moment we have now determined that we’ll preserve the respective 44 and 33 seats that the Congress and the Left had received in 2016. On the remaining 217 seats, the talks are on,” senior Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya stated at a joint press convention. He expressed hope that the seat-sharing association shall be accomplished by the tip of this month.

West Bengal Left Entrance Chairman and CPI(M) Politburo member Biman Bose, who was current at a gathering through which the choice was taken, stated that discussions had been additionally held on joint campaigning. Based on sources within the Left events and the Congress sources, the choice on 77 seats has come as a aid for each side as discussions on sure constituencies are in a impasse scenario.

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“Now the parleys on the remaining 217 seats shall be primarily based on who was within the second or third place and vote share the get together had secured,” a senior Left chief stated. A senior Congress functionary stated that the get together, taking a cue from its efficiency within the current Bihar polls the place it bagged 18 out of the 70 seats it contested, has determined to deal with seats the place it has good presence and a substantial vote-share.

“We cannot go for variety of seats. Quite we’d go for winnability of seats” he stated. In 2016, The Congress and Left Entrance had fought collectively and bagged 77 seats within the 294-member meeting.

The alliance broke after the CPI(M)-led Left Entrance walked away. In the course of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the proposed Congress-CPI(M) alliance fell aside after the events had been unable to achieve an settlement on seat sharing.

After the dismal efficiency of the Congress, which bagged solely two Lok Sabha seats and the CPI(M), which did not open its account, the events determined to come back collectively to combat the 2021 meeting polls. Elections to the state meeting are prone to be held in April-Could this 12 months.

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