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Maoists to boycott LS polls

Written by Madhuparna Das | Kolkata | Posted: October 30, 2013 3:25 am

The ultra Left CPI-Maoist will boycott the 2014 general elections in West Bengal,two years after Kishenji,a politburo and central military commission member of the outfit,who was later killed in an encounter,had asked the cadres to take part in the 2011 West Bengal Assembly elections and vote for the Trinamool Congress.

The banned outfit’s central committee has issued a circular stating they “will give a vote-boycott call in Bengal and implement it with its full strength”.

According to the circular,“Bengal is an important and integral part of the red corridor. The party has suffered a huge loss in the state too. However,the party has decided…it will give the vote boycott call in Bengal… All frontal organisations,over ground and under ground cadres are directed to start preparations…”

The message reached Maoist cadres early this month. “The boycott call will be executed in Bengal under the leadership of Kishen da,” said a source in Maoist ranks.

The outfit had called for boycott of the 2011 West Bengal Assembly elections too,but Kishenji had defied the party line and wrote in a press statement that he wanted to see TMC chief Mamata Banerjee as the “chief minister of Bengal.” However,Kishenji was killed within four months of Mamata Banerjee assuming the CM’s office.

Significantly,the Maoists had not given a poll boycott threat during the recently-concluded panchayat polls in Bengal and three tribal-dominated districts in Junglemahal —- West Midnapore,Purulia and Bankura —- witnessed almost 85 per cent voter turn out. Moreover,in two years,no incident of violence has been reported from Junglemahal —- the area where the Maoists are likely to enforce the boycott.

When contacted,Varavara Rao,a Maoist ideologue based in Andhra Pradesh,said,“There will be a vote boycott call in Bengal and the party will try to implement it. But it depends on the people of Junglemahal also.”

Rao claimed that that Maoists have not left Bengal.

However,the TMC leaders claim that the boycott call will not have any effect as there is no presence of Maoists squads in Bengal any more. “Even if there is a boycott call,people will vote without any fear. The Maoists have lost their support base and they will not be able to gain it again,” TMC MP Suvendu Adhikari,in-charge of Junglemahal,said.

He,however,said Maoists squads can enter from bordering districts of Jharkhand,Orissa and Bihar and move to Nayagram and Gopiballavpur villages in Bengal. “Locals will not side with them. They have realized that they should support development and not the guns,” he added.

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