Disunity in seat sharing less than previous election: Biman

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Kolkata, May 05 (UNI) Admitting that disunity among partners persisted before the panchayat election, Left Front Chairman Biman Basu today called upon the constituents to repair the rift through dialogues.

"There is disunity over the issue of seat sharing but it is less than previous election. Front partners could not reach an understanding in about 5,000 seats. But still we have time to improve the understanding and remove the dummy candidates by holding bipartite talks," he said while taking part in a meet the press programme, organised by Kolkata Press Club.

He said this was the first time that the three-tier Panchayat poll for a total of 51064 seats would be held in three phases.

He said while the number of seats had gone down this time because of delimitation, in many places partners did not reconcile to the fact that they would have to contest for lesser number of seats.

Problem arose over sharing of Zilla parishad seats-reduced by 15 per cent this time-with the front partners refusing to accept the situation, he remarked.

" I had already talked with the seventeen district leaders and instructed them to finalise the understanding immediately but they had informed me that the partners did not agree to accept the less number of seats of Gram Panchayat, " Mr Bose said.

''The overall alliances have been made in Burdwan and Nandigram but it was not succeeded in Hooghly, Khanakul, Jangipur, Arambagh, Goghat and Howrah districts,'' the Front Chairman said.

He admitted that the partners had filed dummy candidates against the CPI(M) in some places which was " most unfortunate." He said the Left Front manifesto had prepared by discussing with the partners and '' we think that the unity will be maintained.'' ''The need of the hour is to maintain left unity in this crucial period to fight imperialist and capitalists forces and to protect people's right by ensuring win of the front candidates by more than fifty per cent votes,'' he urged.

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