Patna: CPI general secretary A B Bardhan Sunday claimed that Left parties would contest 150 out of 243
Assembly seats in Bihar during the elections due in October-
November this year.
Bardhan told reporters here at the party headquarters that
the party had identified 50 seats which it could "win on its
own strength" and said that the party in alliance with other
Left parties including CPI(M), CPI-ML(liberation), RSP and
Forward Bloc would contest 150 Assembly seats in a bid to
stall the NDA from forming the next government in Bihar.
Talks for a total Left alliance were on, Bardhan said,
adding the Left parties would come on a common platform to
take on the might of the NDA.
He, however, said that the CPI would take a final decision
about aligning with the RJD-LJP combine in Bihar Assembly
elections in consultation with other Left parties but till
date "it is clear that the Left parties would contest 150
assembly seats in the event of left alliance being finalised."
In the event of left alliance not taking place, the CPI
would contest the Bihar polls on its own strength and contest
50 seats, Bardhan said winning ability would be the main
criteria for giving party tickets to the candidates.