Congress officially announced on Thursday its collaboration with left-wing parties for the upcoming parliamentary elections in West Bengal.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, President of the West Bengal Congress, tweeted the announcement.
“Today the high command of Congress officially approved the electoral alliance with the left parties in the upcoming elections in West Bengal,” he tweeted.
West Bengal will vote together with Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry from March to April next year.
The Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in October approved the decision of the West Bengal unit to have an electoral understanding with all secular parties, including Congress, in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The CPI (M) Policy Bureau had approved the move, but left the final decision to the Central Committee.
In the 2016 elections, the Central Committee of the CPI (M) had rejected the decision of the West Bengal unit to reach a tactical agreement on the distribution of seats with Congress. In the elections that followed, Congress won 44 seats and the Left Front just 32.