Bardhan's praise for a "secular" Mamata had the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) scurrying for cover as Trinamool Congress is its arch-rival in West Bengal.

Opposing Bardhan’s statement, CPI (M) leader Rakhi Bagchi said that there is no question of joining hands with Mamata. CPI-M polit bureau member and Leader of Opposition in Assembly Surya Kant Mishra also said that they can never support a ‘dictator’.

Bardhan had on Wednesday said, “Mamata could be one of the factors, one of the constituents. The whole idea is to keep Modi out.”

The Communist veteran said there was a possibility of the presence of the Left in the next Lok Sabha going down.  

After defeating the 34-year left hegemony in 2011 assembly polls, Mamata has relentlessly blamed the Left for leaving Bengal struggling with poor infrastructure and massive debts.


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