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Cong leader Anand Sharma criticizes the party’s alliance with the ISF in West Bengal | India News


NEW DELHI: Congressional leader Anand Sharma on Monday criticized the party’s alliance with the Indian Secular Front (ISF) led by Muslim cleric Abbas Siddiqui in West Bengal, saying it was against the party’s core ideology and the Gandhian and Nehruvian secularism.
He also said that the party “cannot be selective in the fight against communists” and must do so in all its manifestations, regardless of religion and color.
Sharma, a former union minister and leader of the group of 23 who had written to the president of Congress, Sonia Gandhi, demanding organizational reform, said the issue of an alliance with a radical party like the ISF should have been discussed and approved by the Congress. Working Committee (CWC).
The CWC is the highest party decision-making body that makes important party decisions.
Sharma is a member of the CWC and Deputy Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha.
Congress is contesting the West Bengal assembly elections in alliance with the left and the ISF, but is fighting the CPM in Kerala as the main opposition party.
Although the left has finalized its division of seats with the ISF, Congress has yet to do so.
Leaders from the left, Congress and the ISF addressed a joint rally at the Brigade’s parade ground in Kolkata on Sunday.
“The congressional alliance with parties like the ISF and other similar forces militates against the party’s core ideology and Gandhian and Nehruvian secularism, which forms the soul of the party. These issues must be approved by the CWC,” he said on Twitter.
“The Congress cannot be selective in the fight against the communalists, but it must do so in all its manifestations, regardless of religion and color. The presence and support of the president of the PCC of West Bengal is painful and shameful, it must clarify” said the party leader.
Joining the left and congressional leaders on the podium was Abbas Siddique of the iconic Furfura Shareef and founder of the Indian Secular Front (ISF), a recent member of the opposition alliance in the state.
Sharma and several other ‘G-23’ leaders had met in Jammu on Saturday and said the party was weakening, in an apparent display of dissent.

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