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Sitaram Yechury Denies CPI (M) Joined Hands With BJP to Defeat TMC

The CPI(M) has previously never lost an opportunity to describe the saffron party as a “divisive force”.

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CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.
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Hours after a news report claimed that the CPI (M) and BJP had joined hands to defeat the Trinamool Congress in the upcoming panchayat elections in West Bengal's Nadia District, Sitaram Yechury dispelled the rumours terming them "canards and lies".

The CPI (M) General Secretary took to Twitter, dismissing the report, saying that TMC had a deal with the BJP on communal polarisation and on saving its corrupt.

"Biman Bose has denied any understanding with the BJP and we stand firm in our opposition to both TMC and BJP," he wrote further.

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Earlier in the day, a report by news agency PTI quoted a district-level CPI (M) leader as saying that "the party had to opt for seat adjustment in many seats as several villagers wanted a one-to-one fight against the TMC."

On the other hand, the BJP's north Nadia district unit president had termed the development as an "isolated incident".

CPI(M) Nadia district secretary and state committee member Sumit De had also agreed that there were adjustments at the grassroot level in many seats as several villagers were in favour of a one-to-one fight.

It has nothing to do with the party's policy, he added.

Yes, there have been adjustments at the grassroot level. In many seats as the villagers had wanted one-to-one fight, we had to respect it and act accordingly. But it is not that there have been several rounds of discussions between parties and it is a formal seat sharing adjustment.
Sumit De, CPI (M) State Committee Member

A senior state BJP leader who did not wish to be named, had said in areas where the BJP could not field a candidate "it has given enough hints to the voters and party cadres to counter the TMC which has unleashed violence".

Agreeing that such "isolated incidents" had taken place, the BJP north Nadia district president Mahadeb Sarkar told PTI, "In some seats where we could not field candidates, our workers at the grassroot level have extended support to independent candidates".

"In most cases, these independent candidates are actually CPI(M) workers", he told PTI.

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According to West Bengal SEC (State Election Commission) sources, of the 48,650 seats in 3,358 gram panchayats, 16,814 were uncontested and of the 9,217 seats in 341 panchayat samitis, 3,059 were uncontested, PTI reported.

(With inputs from PTI)

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