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Need to fight with Congress to counter TMC’s fascist attack

“It is undemocratic of the TMC to wrest forcefully the municipalities in the state which it has lost fair and square and we will fight this,” says Sitaram Yechury.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: October 2, 2016 2:51 am
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Speaking about West Bengal at the ongoing CPM state plenum, party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the CPM will “continue its fight against the attack on democracy unleashed by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) along with other parties’’ indicating that cooperation with the Congress to dislodge TMC in the state may continue. “It is undemocratic of the TMC to wrest forcefully the municipalities in the state which it has lost fair and square and we will fight this,” he said.

“We have already made our stand clear that in order to resist the fascist attack of TMC, there has to be the broadest possible unity of secular and democratic forces. We need to fight along with Congress against these terror tactics and undemocratic methods of forcibly taking over elected bodies,” Yechury told mediapersons. The two-day state plenum began on Friday to assess the situation and find ways to strengthen the party organization. Several leaders at the plenum have raised questions over whether it was ethical for CPM to align with Congress, violating the former’s official political line adopted in the party’s last congress.

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Pro-alliance CPM leaders countered the move saying that had the party not opted for alliance with Congress, the Assembly result would have been much worse and CPM score would have come down to single digits.

A large section of CPM state committee leaders said that in order to fight against the “brazen attack” of TMC and “communal politics” of BJP, they would need to unite with like-minded forces, which cannot be achieved without ‘secular’ Congress in it.

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    Amit Mukhopadhyay
    Oct 2, 2016 at 4:54 am
    The seats won by a party in an election reflects its strength in a state. Going by this reasoning, we can say that the strength of CPI(M) in West Bengal is approaching zero. Of the 294 seats, CPI(M) has only 26 seats. This is equivalent to the hold of the undivided CPI on the mes in the 1950s. Between that time and 2011, there have been immense sacrifices made by ordinary CPI(M) cadres, a foundation on which the edifice of the Left Rule was built. But all of that has been undone post-2011. CPI(M) can't imagine a worse state of affairs for its hold on the people. They are totally disconnected from the people -- not today, but since 2006. Everything said and done, well, Comrade, when will the Revolution happen? In the year 3016?
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      Praful R
      Oct 2, 2016 at 8:17 am
      Congress and Communist are absolute and dead. They have not served the needs of people. Growing potion demands on job requires growth which in turn requires new ideology. Congress is full of corruption and getting rid corruption will require few generation and the same for communists. Constant strikes and interruption into production stops inflow of capital and hence growth. With social changes and thinking we can progress and create a nation which will prosper. It will require millions of non-corrupt Narendra Modis. The present political system is not the best (alliance with local parties like Shive Sena) but there is not alternative. May be time will change and get rid of these. I have seen worst.