Kolkata, April 26: If everything goes in order, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will be seen sharing the stage with former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in an election campaign in Kolkata on Wednesday (April 27).
The veteran CPI(M) leader agreed to join Rahul after initially refusing, creating enough reason for the supporters of the Left-Congress alliance which is aiming to topple the Mamata Banerjee government, to feel excited.
The supporters were keenly waiting for at least one such instance where the top leaders of both sides come together to send a strong signal to the opponent camp. It was difficult for the top leadership of the CPI(M) to share stage with the Congress since it is the same party which it is fighting in Kerala this year. Hence, to fill the vacuum, the state leaders decided to come together with the Congress leadership.
While CPI(M) MP in the Rajya Sabha Ritabrata Banerjee was seen joining the stage with Rahul Gandhi at an election rally in Basirhat recently, this time it is Bhattacharjee's turn. He, however, is not contesting this election owing to health reasons. Though he played an instrumental role in making the electoral understanding a success, Bhattacharjee was not in favour of participating in the campaigning. But his party succeeded in convincing him to take come out and take part in a road rally in Kolkata on April 19, ahead of the third phase of the ongoing Bengal election. The rally with Rahul Gandhi will be his only one this election.
Besides, Rabin Deb, another state CPI(M) leader Rabin Deb will be present at a rally of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in Srirampore in Hooghly district.