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”.