Kolkata, March 9: The Left Front is set to release its second list of candidates for the West Bengal Assembly elections beginning April 4, said TV reports.
The Left, which is contesting this year's election closely with the Congress, announced its first list of 116 candidates on Monday. Ite next list may comprise 40-45 names, the reports added.
The Congress, on the other hand, has released a list comprising names of 75 constituencies from where it will field candidates and may bargain for another 30-35 seats.
The CPI(M)'s Bengal leadership was also seen embarking on a damage-control exercise after the Left Front chairman, Biman Bose, said during the release of the first list that there will be no alliance between the two sides but just an electoral understanding. He also said that the Left will not share the stage with the Congress during the campaigning.
CPI(M) now suggesting at alliance with Congress after initial refusal
But after state Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury said that his party is open to all joint exercise, the CPI(M) leadership seemed to make a course correction by asking MP Mohammad Selim to indicate at an alliance between the two sides.
Even the poll manifesto of the Left suggested an alliance with the Congress.
Cong candidate shown as joint candidate in wall graffiti
In Raiganj, too, wall graffitis were seen declaring Mohit Sengupta, the Congress candidate contesting from the seat, as a joint candidate of the Left and the Congress.