Expelled but not out: Mollah reads out ‘to-do’ list for Left

People from RSP and Forward Bloc are defecting to the BJP, said Abdur Rezzak Mollah.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: June 2, 2014 4:45 am
Abdur Rezzak Mollah addresses media at Esplanade in Kolkata, on Sunday. (Source: Express photo byPartha Paul) Abdur Rezzak Mollah addresses media at Esplanade in Kolkata, on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

Expelled CPM leader and MLA Abdur Rezzak Mollah fired fresh salvos at Left Front leaders, saying they would “have to change their mindset” if they hope to make a comeback in West Bengal politics.

“The top leaders would have to give up the habit of coming to a set dais and addressing a huge crowd. They would have to come at the beginning and manage party men and deliver their speeches even when the gathering is poor (in numbers),” Mollah said during a meeting put up by organisation ‘Save Democracy, Protect Secularism’. Among the invitees were people from different political parties who had gathered to speak up against “political atrocities” and help restore democracy in the state.

Mollah said the Left Front “had started off well until some corrupt men joined the party and whose numbers, over time, increased, leading to the party’s decline”. “The TMC, which had arrived with a lot of positive attitude and assurances, too, committed the same mistakes as the CPM. For common people, it was like jumping from a frying pan into the fire,” Mollah said, and spoke of the TMC’s decision to “remove its top performers” as one which if continued, will result in the party losing “its relevance by 2016”.

Mollah dubbed the BJP’s newfound popularity in the state as the result of “the party’s considerable money and man power and the support at the Centre”. “People from RSP and Forward Bloc are defecting to the BJP. Left Front leaders, on the other hand, are getting dressed down by the common people. Leaders who wear spotless dhoti and kurta, sit inside air-conditioned offices and put on perfumes before visiting the common man, would be of no help. What they need at the moment is people who can work at the grassroots.”

Members of other political parties such as Anuradha Putatundu of Party for Democratic Socialism (PDS) and former TMC MLA Deepak Ghosh were also present and addressed the gathering.

CPIM(L) leader Partha Ghosh pointed out that the Central BJP team visited Sandeshkhali after people were attacked but no one went to Muzaffarnagar post riots.

Former SFI leader from JNU, Prasenjit Bose said the Gujarat model of development that the Centre is preaching was not new. “We have seen a similar infrastructural development in Delhi and Maharashtra. It is time we put our foot down against the communal force at the Centre.” said Bose, who also informed of a “convention” that will be put up in Bengal “against the tyranny of the state government”.

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  1. R
    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:51 pm
    another out to ruin this nation
    1. Suresh Deman
      Jun 2, 2014 at 9:54 pm
      There is some force in former CPM leader Abdur Razzak Mollah in outlining what is needed to revitalise left movement in the Country and in particular in West Bengal. Mr Mollah is not alone in forewarning CPM for serious consequences should it not amend its tactic of flirting with Congress and some corrupt leaders of so-called third front. In front, CPM General Secretary, Prakash Karat did not even hesitate announce that they could take the command and erroneously erted that third front would get enough sets in the parliament. He also called for Congress to support third front should the third front falls short of some seats fro majority in the Parliament. Mr Karat's premature forecast reminded me an old saying that, "Pond is not even ready but crocodiles are already there".Prior to the elections for Parliament when CPM nominated a SFI leader and supported an independent candidate of Congress fro Rajya Sabha seat Mr Mollah expressed serious concerns about lack of representation of minority, workers and peasants' representation in the Rajya Sabha and Party organisation. Like veteran leaders Achhutanandan Mr Mollah never hesitate =d to voice his opinion against parties bad management and practices on the issue such as land acquisition in Nandigram, industrialization, etc. However, like many fellow comrades and sympathisers his advice fell on deaf ears.For the last two decades CPM has let with no option but either following this or that, i.e. to say either end up siding with BJP on no confidence matter or with Congress in its anti-communal rhetoric although CPM record during its own 35 rule in WB is not so good as despite Muslims being about 28% CPM has done very little to accommodate the minority in govt. jobs let alone accommodating them in the party!!! CPM's CentralCommittee and the Politburo are already dominated by the upper caste pettybourgeois SFI leadership and a further nomination of SFI leader to Rajay Sabhagoes to show CPM leadership heading towards meeting the fate of former USSR andEast European communist parties.