New Delhi, Feb 18: The CPI(M) leadership on Thursday gave an indirect signal to the Congress on the question of alliance with the latter for the West Bengal Assembly elections due in some time.
The CPI(M), in an effort to form a secular and democratic alliance against the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and BJP, has said that it would consider if an offer comes from the Congress. A close meeting was also held between General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and state CPI(M) leaders like Biman Bose and Surjya Kanta Mishra, said television reports. The Bengal CPI(M) leadership is likely to take a call.
The Left parties will meet again at 11.30 am on Friday and the Central Committee has left it to the Politbuo to decide on future steps.
State Congress leader Abdul Hannan, who recently said that his party is willing to make an alliance, welcomed the decision taken by the Left party.
The Left's inability to take a fast decision has two main reasons. First, the party which has never abandoned the theoretical foundation of its ideology even in the most difficult of times, is not sure about proactively joining hands with the Congress, traditionally its main enemy in Indian politics. For many, the result is unknown, especially in states like Kerala and Tripura where it may see an erosion in base. Joining the Congress amid a noise and publicity could see a clash of conflicts within the CPI(M), even in Bengal where the party doesn't have any big leader now.
The second factor could be an apprehension about the Congress's decision. The CPI(M) will be remembering how it had pulled out of the UPA government of Manmohan Singh in 2008 on the India-US nuclear deal. What if the Congress high command doesn't come forward after the Left takes a decision? That will be a utter humiliation for the latter.