WB voters polarised, dissidents can`t influence results: Pranab

Independents candidates contesting against Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance for West Bengal elections would not be able to influence the results as voters of the state had become polarised, Pranab Mukherjee said tonight.

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2011, 23:58 PM IST

Kolkata: Independents candidates contesting
against Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance for the upcoming
West Bengal Assembly elections would not be able to influence
the results as voters of the state had become polarised,
senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee said tonight.

"The voters in the state are polarised. Those supporting
Left parties will vote for them and those against the Left
will support the Opposition alliance. So these independent
candidates will not matter," he said, reacting to reports of
several dissident Congressmen contesting as independents
against the alliance.
Mukherjee, along with AICC general secretary in charge
of West Bengal Shakeel Ahmad, is scheduled to meet the WBPCC
leadership to discuss the party`s election campaign and the
issue of dealing with dissidents filing nomination as
independents against the alliance.

"I will call upon such partymen to withdraw their
nomination. Otherwise action will be taken against them
according to party rules," Ahmad said.
Earlier, senior AICC members Sukhendu Sekhar Roy and
Pradip Bhattacharya had also appealed to the dissidents to
withdraw their nomination.

PTI