The Left Front’s Brigade rally drew sharp criticism from across the political spectrum. All India Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy said TMC would be the determining factor in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the Left Front’s
attempt of a turnaround will prove to be futile.
“The Left Front had made same allegations against the TMC in the last panchayat polls, but the people of Bengal said CPM be restricted to only one district,” Roy said.
He also brushed aside LF’s allegation of a tacit agreement with the BJP and said that the party will not side with either the BJP or the Congress. “Today’s rally was devoid of any direction or ideology. After the Lok Sabha elections, there will be no relevance of the Left Front in the state.”
On the Left Front’s call for a non-Congress, non-BJP, secular parties to unite, he said, “Before every Lok Sabha election they say the same thing and this appeal will also lose relevance after the next elections. Negating former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharya’s remarks that there had been no industrial growth in the state, he said, “Despite the huge burden of loan that was passed on to us, Bengal’s contribution to the industrial growth of the country was significant.”
Senior Congress leader and rail minister Adhir Chowdhury said that it had become a Brigade war. “Looking at three Brigade rallies in 10 days, it can be said that it has become a Brigade war, as to which party can bring in how many people.
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“In the last three Brigade rallies, Railways has lost a few crores in terms of ticketless travelling because people have come from all districts in the state and even from other states,” he said on the sidelines of an Eastern Railways event. The Congress leader added: “The 35-year-old mischief of Buddhadeb’s party has not only been inherited by the TMC, but also refined.”
Taking a dig at the Left Front’s Brigade rally, Rahul Sinha, BJP’s state president said a portion of the Brigade was empty compared to BJP’s rally. “Left cadres were seen leaving while Prakash Karat, Biman Bose and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee were speaking. Today’s Brigade rally was completely unorganised and the Left Front is losing its grip on the masses,” he added.