In fact, the Left has been the first off the blocks and has announced its candidates, published a new manifesto and held grassroots meetings. In contrast, the Opposition is recasting itself daily, relinquishing the aces it held earlier. The Trinamul-bjp, initially, announced their candidates but Mamata's withdrawal from the nda skewed all calculations. Worse, instead of the Congress and the Trinamul quickly coming to a deal, the negotiations between the two dragged on for five long days, each imposing preconditions on the other. Till Friday, the Trinamul-Congress hadn't apportioned the seats among themselves.
For all practical purposes, the Trinamul-bjp alliance is off. The bjp now proposes to contest all 294, for whatever it's worth. A triangular fight is conventionally considered tailormade for a Left victory.