Calcutta, June 6: The state Congress today said it had started the process of finding out if the party could contest next year’s panchayat polls alone, a day after ally Trinamul said it “can contest” future elections without any tie-ups.
“We were optimistic about an alliance with Trinamul for the rural polls even though we fought against each other in the civic elections. But Trinamul leaders said the party could contest elections alone. They have sent the message that an alliance for the panchayat elections is a remote possibility,” state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya said.
“We are taking all steps to boost our organisation at all levels to contest the panchayat polls on our own,” he added.
Bhattacharya said that after the Assembly by-polls in Daspur and Bankura town on June 12, he would hold a meeting with all district presidents of the party.
At the meeting, the district leaders will be asked to provide inputs on the Congress’s organisational strength in each block and suggest ways to further consolidate the base.
Shakeel Ahmed, the AICC leader in charge of Bengal, will hold a meeting with senior state Congress functionaries on Sunday to discuss the post-civic poll scenario.