Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury on Monday ruled out any alliance with the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and said that secular parties along with the Left and the Congress will take on the Bharatiya Janata Party as well as the TMC in the state.
This came as several opposition parties held a meeting to forge unity for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Yechury referred to the 2004 strategy that helped the Left-Congress coalition win power at the Centre when he was speaking to reporters at the site of the two-day summit that he, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, and other leaders will attend.
The effort is to make sure that in these circumstances the division of votes that gives the BJP the advantage should be as small as possible. This is not a new thing. For example, in 2004, the Left had 61 seats, out of which we won 57 by defeating the Congress candidates.
The Manmohan Singh government was then formed and it lasted for 10 years.
“Mamata and CPI-M won’t take place. In West Bengal, there will be secular parties that will fight against the BJP and TMC alongside the Left and the Congress, according to the CPI-M general secretary, who also added that the Centre will decide later on what form this will take.
Additionally, he claimed that the path to be followed is comparable to the one that led to the formation of the government at the Centre in 2004.
During the two-day meeting in Bengaluru, top leaders from 26 opposition parties are anticipated to attend. They are anticipated to begin work on a single minimum programme and reveal a joint agitational strategy to challenge the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections of 2024.
With the Left parties and Mamata Banerjee’s TMC not getting along, West Bengal has been a point of disagreement within the Opposition ranks.
In response to the violence in the state’s just finished panchayat elections, the Left parties have also criticised Banerjee.
However, they have frequently performed together onstage at Opposition-related gatherings.
The BJP frequently draws attention to divisions among opposition parties in several states, including West Bengal, in an effort to portray them as a “divided lot” with no clear agenda beyond dethroning Prime Minister Narendra Modi.