congress: In first unity test, Left demands seats from Congress in four poll-bound states (labcalindia)

In the first electoral test of opposition alliance INDIA unity, the Left Front has sought seats from the Congress in poll-bound states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.

The two major constituents of the Left Front – CPM and CPI – have sought seats which have been their traditional bastions in the states. The three states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, which are slated for elections in November this year, are traditionally bipolar where Congress and BJP are engaged in direct contests in most constituencies.

However, there are certain pockets where the Left has fielded candidates in the past and won. In Rajasthan, CPM had fielded candidates in 28 seats and had won two from Bhadra and Shree Dungargarh in 2018 elections.

It had finished second in two constituencies of Dhod and Raisingnagar. In 2013 elections, CPM had not won any seat but in 2008 it had three sitting MLAs. Similarly, in Chhattisgarh, CPI has considerable influence in Bastar region.

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