New Delhi: A key meeting of the Congress Working Committee is underway at party president Sonia Gandhi's residence to take a final call on the proposal to forge an alliance with the Left in West Bengal.
Chaired by Sonia, the meeting at 10 Janpath is being attended by all top Congress leaders, including party vice president Rahul Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh.
Over the past few days, Congress leaders have been giving broad hints that the party may go ahead and join hands with Left parties in the poll-bound state.
“If and when any alliance of the kind you are imagining happens in Bengal, that has absolutely no contradiction because alliances are state specific. This is true of every political party in this country", party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.
On the other hand, the CPI(M) appears keento have an understanding with Congress to "oust" TMC and "isolate" BJP in the state.
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury had said the Left party will seek support and co-operation from "all democratic forces" to dethrone the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC in the state.
"In order to restore democracy and foil communal polarisation by BJP ... that is the main task we think can be achieved only by ousting TMC from Government in West Bengal.
The CWC is also expected to chalk out strategy to corner the Modi government during the Budget Session of Parliament, scheduled to begin from tomorrow.
The JNU row, Rohit Vemula's suicide, Pathankot terror attack are among the issues that the Congress is expected to raise in the Parliament.
The last CWC meet was held in September 2015.