With the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday deciding to support the Congress-nominated independent candidate for the ensuing Rajya Sabha elections in West Bengal, speculations are rife over a possible understanding in the next general elections.
The Communist Party of India said that it would support the Congress nominated Independent candidate academician Hossainnur Rahman, for the fifth seat in the Rajya Sabha polls in West Bengal.
With Rajya Sabha elections for 5 seats in West Bengal, as per the strength in the state 294-member Assembly, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) with 186 seats, would be able to send three members to the Rajya Sabha.
The Left Front with about 61 seats will be able to secure one seat. For the sixth seat, the CPM will support Rahman.
Left Front chairman Biman Bose said, “We will field one candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls and support the Congress nominated independent candidate in the other seat.”
“After giving 49 votes to the Left Candidate we will have 12 extra votes and will give extra votes to Congress nominated independent candidate,” he also added.
Interestingly enough, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) party has announced that it will field four candidates - Jogen Chowdhury, actor Mithun Chakraborty, industrialist K D Singh and Ahmad Hasan. None of them are the party members of Trinamool Congress.
Asked whether a future alliance could be possible with the support in Rajya Sabha polls, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders maintained that it was the decision in the Left Front meeting.
The ruling Trinamool Congress party (TMC) is the beneficiary in the Rajya Sabha polls as the retiring Rajya Sabha members are from the Left Front, including its supported independent candidate.