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KOLKATA: The unilateral announcement of the candidates' list by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has angered another ally of her party, the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), which raised questions about the status of their alliance here on Tuesday.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the manner in which Ms. Banerjee announced the list “without even consulting with us,” SUCI (Communist) State secretary Pravas Ghosh said that although it would not field nominees against the Trinamool Congress in the interest of “dislodging the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from power,” it will field candidates in 17 constituencies that have been set aside for the Congress.
The Trinamool Congress has allotted two seats to the SUCI (Communsit) in Joynagar and Kultali, both strongholds of the latter. But, Mr. Ghosh said, his party had a strong presence in the two constituencies even “before the formation of the Trinamool Congress” and it had hoped that it would be able to expand its influence as a result of the alliance. He said his party had submitted to the Trinamool a list of 15 other seats where it wanted to contest and subsequently reduced the figure to 12.
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