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The unofficial alliance: CPM, BJP and Congress come together against Trinamool Congress in panchayat polls
Arch-rivals BJP and CPIM and in some places even Congress have unofficially started to co-ordinate, have tacit understanding in seats and hold joint rallies to thwart Trinamool Congress on poll day.

  A walk around Mollahad and Manickpara areas in Nadia district shows a graffiti having both CPIM and BJP candidates with their respective symbols on a single wall. The graffiti reads: “In gram panchayat, vote for Sumitra Mondol (CPIM symbol), while in panchayat samiti and zila parishad vote for Bikas Mondol and Ajit Roy (both lotus symbol). At Purbashali in Burdwan, the BJP claimed local CPIM leaders called them to organise small joint protest rallies against the Trinamool Congress.

On April 28, at a protest rally against alleged pre-poll atrocities by the ruling party in Ranaghat, CPM MLA Rama Biswas and other workers were seen walking with BJP workers and local leaders. They called it a “spontaneous people’s protest rally”.
When the opposition shares a wall: A graffiti asking for votes for CPIM, BJP and even Congress. (Express Photo)

In pockets of West Bengal that are scheduled to go for the upcoming panchayat poll, the Left and Right are joining hands to thwart the Trinamool Congress’s “terror” with their ideologies taking a backseat. Arch-rivals BJP and CPIM and in some places even Congress have started — though unofficially — to coordinate and have a tacit understanding in seats and hold joint rallies against the Trinamool Congress.

The opposition parties in many places have failed to submit nominations after they faced bombs and bullets from miscreants allegedly from the ruling party. The Trinamool Congress has already won 34.2 per cent of the total panchayat seats uncontested.

BJP state secretary Sayantan Basu said: “For the people at the grassroots, it is practical for all parties to join hands against the Trinamool Congress’ terror. Since BJP has emerged as the biggest opposition, many are coming to us from different political parties including CPIM. In Purbasthali, Burdwam CPIM leaders are calling us up for joint protests. This time despite the terror and attacks we have been able to file nominations in over 25,000 GP seats and overall around 30,000 seats.”



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