Alliance not a priority, will strive to strengthen Congress: Mitra

Kolkata
9 Oct 2018

West Bengal Pradesh Congress president Somen Mitra Tuesday said the party is not thinking of any sort of alliance in the state before the next Lok Sabha election as the issue is not a "priority" in the present situation.
He said his aim is to strengthen the organisation ahead of next Lok Sabha poll.
"My aim is to strengthen the party organisation. Our party president Rahul Gandhi has asked us to focus on it," Mitra said when asked on the issue of alliance with ruling TMC in the next Lok Sabha polls.
Asked whether the party would go with the Left Front in Bengal, he said "We are not thinking about any sort of alliance presently ... It is not a priority in the present situation."
To questions on whether Congress would attend TMC's proposed opposition rally at Brigade parade ground in January, Mitra said "Mamata Banerjee has invited Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi for the rally. If the party high command asks for our opinion then we will give it".
The veteran Congressman Tuesday appealed to deserters to return to the Congress fold and work for the party.
"There are lot of people who have left Congress either due to some sort of allurement or some sort of threat by the TMC. So we appeal to them to return to the party fold," he said.
"We have personally spoken to some of them and few have assured that they would take a call regarding it after the Pujas (upcoming festival season)," he added.
The newly appointed office bearers of the WBPCC met formally for the first time Tuesday and it was decided that the party will strive to form at least a two member booth committee at every polling booth in the state, another senior state Congress leader said.
It was also decided that for the time being there won't be any changes at the post of district president but there will be no district coordinator, the leader said.