With many of its sitting candidates denied renomination,
West Bengal’s ruling Left Front (LF) is facing trouble from its own ranks ahead
of the Lok Sabha elections.
Not being re-nominated by their parties, four sitting Lok
Sabha members from the LF have expressed dissatisfaction, and one of them has
already switched loyalty to the opposition Trinamool Congress.
Leading a rebellion within Communist Party of
India-Marxist (CPI-M), Abu Ayash Mondal, MP from the erstwhile Katwa seat in
Burdwan district, left his party when he was not renominated.
Mondal promptly joined the Trinamool Congress,
which welcomed him offering the party’s vice-president post. The CPI-M hit back
by expelling him.
Mondal said the party never showed the courtesy
to officially inform him that he was not being given the ticket this time.