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Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has recently remarked that failure to form a coalition between Congress and Trinomool Congress in Kolkata Municipal Election will not affect the political situation in the Central government or in the upcoming West Bengal Election.
Anjan Basu, a journalist from Kolkata, in an interview with VOA’s Bangla service analyzes the current political situation in West Bengal and India.
In fact, despite Congress and Trinmool Congress are in coalition in the central government they failed to manage seat sharing for the Kolkata municipal elections. It can be termed as a major blow to the anti Left alliance that had gained mass support last year in the Lok Sabha elections and was being considered strong enough so as to topple the thirty five year old Left regime in West Bengal in the coming Assembly elections.
Analyzing the situation, Anjan Basu agrees with Pranab Mukherjee that this failure to forge a unity against the left front in West Bengal is unlikely to have any serious impact on West Bengal Assembly Election or on the government in Delhi. He thinks if amidst bitterness Mamata Banerjee withdraws support from the UPA government, Mulayan Singh Yadav will come forward to support the UPA. But he thinks that in order to unseat the present left-front government in West Bengal, Congress and the Trinomool Congress will eventually form a coalition. He feels although the left front is once again trying to gain strength, if the Congress and Trinomool join in a coalition , the left front will lose in the assembly election.