Bengal polls: Left gets ready for post-result challenge

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Kolkata, May 13: The Left parties are expecting the situation in West Bengal to turn worse once the results come out on May 19. Scattered violence has been occurring in various parts of the state, including Kolkata, after the seven-phase election got over on May 5 and the Opposition is worried that it would deteriorate further.

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Veteran CPI(M) leaders of the state like Surjya Kanta Mishra, Leader of the Opposition of the outgoing Assembly, Biman Bose, Left Front chairman in Bengal and others met leaders of the Forward Bloc on Thursday (May 12) while on Friday (May 13), the entire Left Front is set to meet on how to tackle the post-result situation.


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The Left leaders in the state have reached out to people who have accused the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) of attacking them in Kolkata and its adjacent districts. The Left leadership has decided to ask the party supporters avoid the temptation to retaliate against the political opponents.

CPI(M) has got internal problems, too 

However, the TMC is not the only challenge for the CPI(M). During the meeting with the Bloc leaders, the CPI(M) leaders were told that the Congress, with which the CPI(M) has entered an understanding this time to topple Mamata Banerjee, gave candidates in many constituencies where the Left also fielded its candidate and the local CPI(M) leadership did not back the Left candidate. The Revolutionalry Socialist Party had also made same complaints earlier.

Such complaints about the two sides not abiding by the rules of an electoral understanding originated from districts where both the Congress and Left are strong.

The CPI(M), however, did not want to get into the controversy and was concerned more with solidarity in the Left before and after the results are declared.

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