New Delhi: Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury said on Friday that Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was released from Tihar jail yesterday, will campaign for the Left in the upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls.
"All students supporting Left will participate in the campaign along with Kanhaiya. For the first time, the nation can see the power of the youth of Left," Yechury said.
He added the CPI(M) wants the assurance from the Centre that arrangements will be made for a 'fair' election so that the people of Bengal can come out and vote without any hesitation. "There should absolutely be no violence, which is all we want. You cannot leave this responsibility on the state police," he said.
Asserting that the Left will win in Kerala this time, Yechury stated the rampant corruption prevalent in the state right now would be alleviated by the Left as they are committed to bettering the life of the people. He also flatly ruled out any chances of forging an alliance with Congress despite admitting that the Left was facing a massive challenge in West Bengal.
In West Bengal, the polling for 294 assembly seats will be held in six phases starting from April 4 to May 5. The first phase would take place in two parts- April 4 and 11. The second phase polling will be held on April 17, third on April 21, fourth on April 15, fifth on April 30 and sixth on May 5. In Kerala, voting for 140 assembly seats would be held in a single phase on May16.