Friday, November 9, 2012
Jitters within Left Front over Seat Sharing in Panchayet Poll
Malda November 7, 2012: If the honeymoon between Congress and TMC was over which might cost both of them in the coming rural poll, the opposition Left Front too is not sitting comfortably in this traditional Congress bastion. Instead, the partners are flexing muscle on seat sharing. RSP and CPI have already vented their demands of more seats in the rural poll which might lead to a feud within LF.
It may be recalled that Congress led Malda Zilla Parishad enjoyed a thin support over Left Front regarding number of seats. Last time Congress allied with TMC. But this time on the face of worsening relationship between partners, LF is all set to cash in.
District RSP leader Sarbananda Pandey said, “We have already held a meeting of the party in which we have decided to claim more seats in panchayet vote. We have already earmarked places where our strength has increased over the years and going to place the demand in Left Front meeting.”
It may be recalled that the tiff over seats had led RSP to part with Left Front in 2002 first time which cost LF dear as they lost the Zilla Parishad first time. Pandey said, “It is unfortunate that CPM in the district still resorts to highhandedness on allocating seats. Last time too we did not get seats of our demand and this time with women candidates taking major role we are in no way forsaking our demands.” He argued that the increasing strength of his party was evident with MLA seat of Malatipur was won by them in last election getting the ticket for the first time.
Tarun Das, district CPI secretary too said, “After the loss in last assembly election everything should be analyzed afresh and the allotment to partners should be reviewed. We are certainly going to place our demand for more seats.”
On the face of such aggressive stance of partners, Jiban Maitra, CPM leader and district Left Front Convenor was rather cautious, “We are going to discuss their demands in LF meeting and the unity of LF would be given priority.”