Saturday, February 28, 2009

It'll be a tough for us (CPI-M) if there is an alliance-Basu

28 February 2009
Kolkata: The electoral battle in the coming Lok Sabha elections will be tough for the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) if the Congress and the state's main opposition Trinamool Congress formed an alliance in West Bengal, veteran communist leader Jyoti Basu said here Friday.

"It'll be a tough for us (CPI-M) if there is an alliance," Basu told reporters at the party headquarters at Alimuddin Street here.

He said the CPI-M might lose some seats in the coming Lok Sabha polls if the Congress-Trinamool alliance finally materialised.

Basu came to attend the party's state secretariat meeting Friday. He came at around 10.40 am and stayed inside the party office for nearly 40 minutes.

He had last attended the CPI-M state secretariat meeting last week (Feb 20) at the party headquarters, after a gap of six months.

When asked about the possibility of a CPI-M-Congress coalition at the centre, Basu, would not comment on whether the communists would support the Congress at the centre after Lok Sabha elections.

"No such decision was taken in the party meeting," he added.

Basu was the chief minister of West Bengal from June 1977 to November 2000.

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