The Congress wants to get back into state politics by forging an alliance with the Left in the 2021 assembly elections. According to sources, all the state leaders of the party have agreed to announce the name of the Chief Ministerial candidate. 

According to Vidhan Bhavan sources, the name that has come up as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the Congress is Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. As soon as the festive season ends, the process of the alliance will begin. 

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The equation of state politics has changed radically in just five years. In the 2016 assembly polls, the Congress entered the electoral battle against the Trinamool by allying with the Left. But the alliance did not get any success. 

However, the BJP has gained power in the state. Political experts and ordinary voters consider the BJP as the main opponent of the Trinamool in the 2021 assembly polls. Congress leaders are strengthening their roots this time. They feel that the fight is going to be three-pronged in the upcoming assembly election.

According to the results of the last Assembly Polls, the provincial Congress wants to fill candidates in at least 140 seats this time. Riju Ghoshal, one of the general secretaries of the party, said, "It should be kept in mind that the Left has no one in their party who can be portrayed as an alternative face to Mamata Banerjee or Narendra Modi. The Congress has Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. He is the leader of the Main Opposition in the Lok Sabha. 

“The whole country knows Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. He is also a front-line leader in the anti-Trinamool movement in the state. In other words, if there is a left-Congress alliance, only Adhir Chowdhury can be a credible alternative to Mamata on behalf of that alliance. In that case, the Congress will be a big partner in the alliance and they will fight for 150-160 seats,” he added.

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According to Vidhan Bhavan sources, in the 2016 elections, there was only a 'seat agreement' with the Left. Biman Basu and Mohammad Selim consciously avoided the word 'alliance' during the campaign. Even the Left allies like Forward Bloc, CPI, RSP did not want to accept the compromise and there were 'friendly fights' in several seats. As a result, vote sharing could not be stopped. But if there is an alliance this time, then the chances of the Congress bargaining are much higher than before. 

According to reports, the Congress candidates have won two seats in this state in the Lok Sabha polls. In this situation, there is a strong demand within the Congress to fight for more seats and make Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury the 'Chief Ministerial candidate'. Although no official decision has been made yet.