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Call for cadres to unitedly challenge the might of the Left parties

Congress-Trinamool struggle to continue till the Assembly poll

KOLKATA: In a show of unity, leaders of the Trinamool Congress and the Congress – the two parties that have reached an electoral understanding in West Bengal for the coming elections – shared the dais here on Tuesday and underlined the need to strengthen ties to throw a joint challenge to the ruling Left Front.

They addressed a conference organised by the Youth Congress – an event that was held at a time when there has been resentment within a section of leaders and the cadres of both the parties over the electoral tie-up between the two parties.

Addressing the conference, senior Congress leader Subrata Mukherjee called for the “coming together of workers of the two parties to challenge the might of the Left parties.”

Mr. Subrata Mukherjee said: “The winds of change are blowing and this is the best time to remove the Communist Party of India [Marxist] from power.

“We are not just fighting jointly in the 42 Lok Sabha seats where we have put up candidates. This joint struggle will continue till the 2011 Assembly poll, when we, together, will have become stronger.”

‘History won’t forgive’

“This electoral understanding is in response to the demand of the people. There is a groundswell of support for this pact across the State. History will not forgive us if we do not seize the moment,” Mr. Mukherjee said.

Trinamool leader Partha Chatterjee said: “We cannot wait any longer. Thirty-two years of Left Front rule have gone by. We will continue our fight together till the CPI[M] exits from the State.”