New Delhi: West Bengal Congress on Thursday said
the party should get one-third of the seats it will contest in
alliance with Trinamool Congress in the state assembly polls
due in May, replicating the formula adopted during the Lok
Sabha polls in 2009.
"We have placed recommendations to Sonia Gandhi to follow
the same formula adopted in 2009 Parliamentary elections in
relation to the partnership with TMC," state Congress chief
Manas Bhunia told reporters after a meeting with the UPA
He said the TMC-Congress alliance in West Bengal is the
"most rational way" to repeat the performance of the Lok Sabha
elections, in which the combine gave a drubbing to the ruling
"In the seat sharing formula, two-thirds of the seats
must be alloted to TMC, and one-third to Congress. This, I
feel, is the most rational suggestion," Bhunia said. The
strength of West Bengal assembly is 294.
The WBPCC chief said he also urged the Congress high
command to discuss the seat-sharing formula as early as
possible, but hastened to add that it was upto Sonia Gandhi to
take the final decision.
Gandhi, he said, also gave directions to the state unit
to form monitoring and vigilance committees in the block,
district and state levels to look into the "misuse of the
funds given by the Centre".
"In addition, she asked us to report to her at 15 days`
interval to ensure that the UPA flagship programmes are
promoted even in rural areas," he added.
Bhunia expressed confidence that the Trinamool-Congress
combine would trump the Left in the polls as this was "the
long-felt aspiration of the people."
"The people must be freed from the bondage and political
slavery of the Marxist-Communist government. I also discussed
this issue with Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee last
night," said Bhunia.
The CPI(M)-led Left Front has been at the helm of West
Bengal for over three decades now.
"The state has suffered under the Left for decades now.
The state is in a wretched condition. Everything has gone down
except probably torture on women which is on the rise. (Chief
Minister) Buddhadeb (Bhattacharjee) deserves a gold medal for
this achievement," he said.
After his meeting with Gandhi, Bhunia also met Union
Power minister Sushilkumar Shinde to discuss the alleged
"non-implementation" of power schemes in the state.
"Schemes like the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran
Yojana isn`t implemented in the state. Out of the 1,03,90,270
families in the state, only 40 lakh have electricity. I asked
Shinde to talk to departments like NTPC, REC and NHPC to
ensure that power schemes are implemented in underdeveloped
districts like West Midnapore and Bhirbhum," he said.