Patna, Feb 6 : The CPI (ML) today staked claim to six seats in grand alliance for upcoming Lok Sabha election and demanded early decision on seat sharing among its allies as time is running out for the purpose.
CPI (ML) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya told newspersons here that his party had identified to contest Ara, Siwan, Karakat, Jehanabad, Patliputra and Valmikinagar seats in Lok Sabha elections. He said, his party could sacrifice one seat to pave way for an amicable solution to the seat sharing among allies but other parties should also be ready for it. An alliance without Congress could be another alternative like it was done in Uttar Pradesh, he remarked.
“If Congress wants to contest election on its own strength in Bihar like UP, it is free do so,” he remarked.
All allies should understand ground reality, he said while pointing out that his party had contested 23 seats in 2014 Lok Sabha election.
“We have made sacrifice by not staking claim to seats of Katihar, Darbhanga, Samastipur, Nalanda and Nawada where the party has strong presence and now it is the turn of other allies of grand alliance to do so,” he added while admitting ‘gatirodh’ (deadlock) in seat sharing discussion.
“Respectable situation for all parties of grand alliance has not reached so far,” he admitted. (UNI)