Politics in Bengal made bipolar by TMC and BJP: Sitaram Yechury

First Published Jan 5, 2021, 2:29 PM IST

The CPI(M) on Monday (January 4) said that our main aim is to stop the BJP from coming to power in the upcoming West Bengal assembly election. But the party also made it clear that it won’t ally with the ruling TMC because of strong anti-incumbency factor.

<p>Communist Party of India (Marxists) general secretary Sitaram Yechury came to Kolkata to attend the meeting of the CPI (M)’s West Bengal state committee since March 2019.<br />
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Communist Party of India (Marxists) general secretary Sitaram Yechury came to Kolkata to attend the meeting of the CPI (M)’s West Bengal state committee since March 2019.
 

<p>When asked about the context of the meeting, Yechury said that some preliminary discussion has taken place with the Congress regarding seat sharing for the upcoming assembly polls.<br />
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When asked about the context of the meeting, Yechury said that some preliminary discussion has taken place with the Congress regarding seat sharing for the upcoming assembly polls.
 

<p>After the meeting, Sitaram Yechury said, “Our main aim is to defeat the BJP. Anti-incumbency and anti-TMC anger are deep-rooted in West Bengal. Here, if we stand in a coalition against the BJP, then all the anti-TMC votes will swing towards the BJP. So, we have to counter both the BJP and the TMC.”</p>

After the meeting, Sitaram Yechury said, “Our main aim is to defeat the BJP. Anti-incumbency and anti-TMC anger are deep-rooted in West Bengal. Here, if we stand in a coalition against the BJP, then all the anti-TMC votes will swing towards the BJP. So, we have to counter both the BJP and the TMC.”

<p>“We should also be alert to ensure anti-incumbency votes do not go to the BJP,” he added.</p>

“We should also be alert to ensure anti-incumbency votes do not go to the BJP,” he added.

<p>The general secretary of CPI(M) drew a comparison between discontent against policies of the Centre and the anti-incumbency factor in West Bengal.<br />
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The general secretary of CPI(M) drew a comparison between discontent against policies of the Centre and the anti-incumbency factor in West Bengal.