GUWAHATI, March 7 - Six Left parties of the State have joined hands for the coming State Assembly elections to fight against the Congress and the BJP. The parties would field candidates in 59 constituencies.
As per the seat sharing arrangement among the parties, the CPM would contest in 19 constituencies, while the CPI would field its candidates in 18 seats. The CPI(M-L) will contest in eight seats, the RSP and RCPI in two seats each and the All India Forward Bloc will field candidates in 10 constituencies.
�Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has assured of participating in the election campaign in Assam, and we are also looking forward to have stalwarts like Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat and Subhasini Ali for the campaigning. However, considering elections in other states, the schedules are not confirmed. The JNU student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar might also come for campaigning,� Dhrupad Borgohain of CPI told media persons here.
Announcing this first ever such coalition of the Left parties in the State, Deven Bhattacharyya of CPI(M) said that the ruling Congress in the State is synonymous with corruption and bad governance, whereas the BJP, which is in power in the Centre, has certainly proved it that they are not the option for the people of Assam.
�The kind of religious polarisation and intolerance the country is witnessing in present times is disastrous for any society. Assam has been a land where different castes, communities and beliefs have co-existed since ages,� he mentioned.
Asking the people of Assam to send more candidates from the Left parties to the State Legislative Assembly, the Leftist leaders stated that the coalition would also decide on supporting other anti-Congress and anti-BJP secular and democratic parties on the rest of the seats.
�So far the Samajwadi Party has approached us in this regard. We are considering other options as well,� Dhrupad Borgohain said.