Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: The electoral tie-up between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress in West Bengal for the coming Lok Sabha elections was a desperate move for survival of the parties concerned, Biman Bose, chairman of the Left Front Committee, said here on Sunday.

“Such a desperate attempt at survival will not succeed. There have been such ‘mahajots’ (grand anti-Left alliances) in the past too,” he asserted.

Mr Bose who was addressing journalists after a meeting with leaders of the Left Front constituents said that “a conspiracy was being hatched to instil discord within the Left partners.”

“We will have to be alert against such a conspiracy designed also to create anarchy and lawlessness in the State. We should not be provoked.” Signs of such designs were evident in the recent murders of leaders and workers of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), he added.

“There is no alternative to the Left Front in West Bengal,” he said. On unity within the Left partners he admitted there was a shortfall in certain areas that came to light during the rural polls in May 2008. “Since then there has been a change in the scenario. We have sorted out our differences and consolidated the Left unity,” he said.

Mr. Bose also said that the anti-Left forces in the State had huge financial resources at their disposal. “They should be countered politically”, Mr Bose said.

The Left Front would be coming out with a joint appeal to the people shortly as part of its election campaign, “that should be taken to all levels”. “We will be fighting to win all the 42 seats”, he added.

“The emphasis should be on dialogue rather than monologue at our election meetings. Emphasis should be given to small congregations at the village and locality levels as well as padayatras”, the Left Front Committee decided.