Kolkata: Leaving behind the acrimony
over contesting last month`s civic elections separately,
Congress on Tuesday said it will fight the assembly polls in West
Bengal jointly with ally Trinamool Congress to oust the Left
"To remove the CPI(M)-led Left Front from power, we
have to unite all secular votes and to do it Congress and
Trinamool Congresss will have to work together," West Bengal
Pradesh Congress president Manas Bhunia told reporters after
taking charge of the state unit.
According to him, vote arithmetic showed that Congress
or Trinamool cannot remove the Left Front on their own. "It
has been seen that whenever votes are divided the Marxists
Admitting that his task was challenging, Bhunia who
succeeded Pranab Mukherjee, said his first priority would be
to strengthen the party organisation and ties with Trinamool.
Bhunia, also the CLP leader, said he would try to
build up a collective leadership in the party and its
"Our slogan will be not I, but we. Congress workers
are our strength. We have to build a mass movement which will
show that Congress is not finished in the state," he said.
Noting that Congress was committed to oust the Left,
he said, "Enough is enough. CPI-M has to go. That the people
want the Marxists to go was seen in the Lok Sabha elections
and we cannot defy what the people want."