Congress vs Congress: Anand Sharma Questions Party Decision To Tie Up With ISF In West Bengal

Former Union Minister Anand Sharma is among 23 leaders who have questioned the leadership of the Congress. These leaders are named G-23.


Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma has questioned the party’s alliance with the Indian Secular Front (ISF) in West Bengal. He said on Monday that doing so is against the core ideology of the Congress’ Gandhian and Nehruvian secularism. Hitting back at Anand Sharma’s remarks, state Congress President Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary said that this decision is of the high command.

The Left coalition leaders held a big rally at the Brigade Parade ground in Kolkata on Sunday. Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary from Congress attended this rally. Sharma said that the presence of the state Congress president in the rally is shameful. He said that the party cannot be selective in fighting communal forces. Regardless of religion and color, it should be included in everything.

Congress allied with Left and ISF

The Congress is contesting in West Bengal along with the Left and the ISF. ISF has been given 30 seats. To this, Sharma said, “The issue of alliance with a radical party like ISF should have been discussed and this decision should have been approved by the Congress Working Committee.” The CWC is the largest decision-making body associated with the party. It is the party that takes important decisions. Sharma is a member of the CWC and a deputy leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha.

Former Union Minister Anand Sharma is among 23 leaders who have questioned the leadership of the Congress. These leaders are named G-23. The group had written a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and demanded a major change in the party organization.

Congress will contest on 92 seats

The seats sharing formula was agreed upon between the Congress and the Left on Monday. Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary said that the Congress will contest in 92 seats. The list of candidates will be released in 2 days. Adhir Ranjan said that party had initially asked for 130 seats. “We wanted to have seats for RJD and NCP. Now we do not need to distribute seats to them, but our offer is open to other parties,” he said.

ISF head was once close to Mamata

The Indian Secular Front is the most fledgling party in Bengal. Its main patron is 34 year old Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui. He belongs to a family associated with Furfura Sharif in Hooghly district. It is considered the second holiest shrine in the country after Ajmer Sharif. Pirzada is considered to have a good hold over Muslim voters. He was once close to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. After the fallout between the two, he formed a new party.


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