Basirhat: Without naming Trinamool
Congress, Rahul Gandhi today said Congress will not go for any
alliance without dignity in the coming Assembly polls in West
Bengal, but was hopeful of a proposed tie-up.
"There will not be any unrespectable alliance and I hope
we will be able to make the alliance, as proposed, happen in
West Bengal before the coming Assembly election," Gandhi told
a closed-door meeting of the North 24-Parganas district Youth
District Congress Committee President Asit Majumder, who
was present at the meeting, told PTI that Gandhi stressed the
need for such an alliance to defeat the CPI(M) in the coming
"We will have to take on the CPI(M) in the polls and
defeat the misrule of the party. I have been saying this in
almost all meetings," Majumdar quoted Gandhi as saying.
The AICC General Secretary made a fresh appeal to the
Youth Congress to step up the membership drive in order to
strengthen the parent organisation.
Giving anxious moments to SPG personnel, Gandhi stopped
his car to receive bouquets from villagers who broke
barricades to greet him during his short tour of the town on
the Indo-Bangladesh border.
On his way to nearby Rabindra Bhavan in the district to
address Youth Congress workers, hundreds of villagers lined up
along the barricades to greet him as Gandhi got down from the
helicopter and shook hands with them.
SPG personnel rushed in to clear the road as some
over-enthusiastic villagers broke the fencing and spilled on
to the road, forcing his convoy to stop briefly.