CPM-Congress talks on for bypoll: Surjya

Bengal CPM secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said on Monday that the party and the Congress were holding talks to reach an understanding for the Maheshtala Assembly bypoll scheduled for May 28.

By Our Correspondent in Calcutta
  • Published 1.05.18
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Surjya Kanta Mishra

Calcutta: Bengal CPM secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said on Monday that the party and the Congress were holding talks to reach an understanding for the Maheshtala Assembly bypoll scheduled for May 28.

The parleys assume significance after the CPM party congress in Hyderabad approved "understanding" with the Congress.

"State Congress leaders had called me up a couple of days ago to discuss joining hands for the Maheshtala bypoll. We are open for talks," Mishra told a news conference here.

Mishra, however, hinted that the CPM would field its candidate for the Maheshtala bypoll which was necessitated by the death of Trinamul MLA Kasturi Das in February.

"We are in number two position in Maheshtala Assembly constituency. So, it is justified for us to nominate a candidate," said Mishra.

State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury told The Telegraph that CPM leaders Sujan Chakraborty and Samik Lahiri had informed him about their decision to field a candidate in Maheshtala.

"There has not been any formal communication from the CPM leadership," Chowdhury said while asserting that the Congress was keeping its candidate ready in case the talks failed.

Sources said leader of the Opposition Abdul Mannan had called up Mishra for talks on an understanding with the CPM for the bypoll.