CPI hopeful of LF win in WB polls
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 16:19
Chandigarh: CPI on Saturday said it is hopeful that the Left Front will win the Assembly polls in West Bengal as the coalition has "turned around a lot" to face the challenge.

CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said those who projected that the Left would loose elections in West Bengal will be proved wrong as the situation today is not the same as it was a few months back.

"The Left Front has turned around to face the challenge in West Bengal elections," he told reporters here.

"A year back or six months back, you could have said she (Mamata Banerjee) has a big edge. But Left Front has turned around a lot. It is possible, after seven victories in WB, we may be win," he said.

Bardhan said the Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala is in trouble and Left front is "more united than ever before."

He described as a good gesture Prime Minister Manmohan Singh extending an invitation to the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to join him in watching the India- Pakistan World Cup semi-final match in Mohali on March 30.

Bardhan hinted at supporting the former finance minister Manpreet Badal, who is to announce his new political outfit tomorrow, in the Punjab elections to be held early next year.

"We will consider all those possibilities...it (supporting him) will depend on what he says tomorrow in his policy like economic or social packages when he announces his party and what is his stand on corruption and price rise," he said.

However, he termed the breaking out of Manpreet Badal from SAD as a positive development for Punjab politics. "We think it (separation of Manpreet from SAD) is a good beginning and his party will be an alternative to the Congress and SAD which have been trying to polarise the politics of Punjab," he said.

Manpreet Badal was expelled from SAD party on debt waiver issue and he today also announced to resign as an MLA from Gidderbaha constituency.


First Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 16:19

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