Bengal: Left to decide on future course of action, says Surjya Kanta Mishra

Abhishek Law Kolkata | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on May 19, 2016

The Opposition will stick to its right to protest if attacks on democracy persist, CPI (M) state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said on Thursday.

Admitting that the Left-Congress Alliance has failed to get the expected results, Mishra said the Left Front constituents will meet later in the day to decide on the future course of action.

“The victory should not make the TMC complacent. It does not mean that the electorate will accept attacks on democracy and democratic institutions,” he said.

The Election Commission of India website results indicate that the Congress has won in nine Assembly seats and is leading in 36. The Left has won seven seats and is leading in 23. The Congress has emerged the second largest party in Bengal.  

Asked to comment on the future of the alliance, Mishra said:  “The democratic, secular forces should remain united.”

Mishra, incidentally, lost to Pradyut Ghosh of TMC at Narayangarh in Paschim Medinipur.

He, however, alleged that attacks on party workers (of CPM) had begun in areas such as Dhupguri, Arambagh and Nandanghat.

Published on May 19, 2016
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