West Bengal polls 2016: Congress announces list of 75 constituencies

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Kolkata, March 8: A day after the Left announced its first list of 116 candidates for the West Bengal Assembly elections starting April 4, the Congress also revealed its first list comprising names of 75 constituencies from where it will field candidates in the upcoming polls.

State Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury, who made the announcement, said his party has no problem in campaigning jointly with the Left. This, he said, when asked about the remark made by Left Front chairman Biman Bose on Tuesday that the two sides will not share stage ahead of the election. He also said the Congress aims to contest in 100 seats in this election. They had contested in 65 seats in alliance with the TMC in the 2011 Assembly election.


Chowdhury said the Congress's contest in constituencies like Domkol and Hariharpara in Murshidabad district, which is the Congress's strongest base in the state, will be a frriendly one. Though, analysts felt that it could help the Trinamool Congress, which is otherwise a fringe player in that district.

A lot is being said about a possible alliance between the Left and Congress for this year's election but Bose said on Tuesday that they have rather an understanding with the Congress and not an alliance.

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