The mass base of CPI(M) in West Bengal is still intact despite the reverses the party suffered in the last Assembly elections,Tripura Chief Minister and party Politburo member Manik Sarkar has said.
The Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee has only scored a “temporary victory” in West Bengal as they would be “protecting only the interests of landlords and capitalists”,Sarkar said speaking at a seminar to express “solidarity with Bengal”,held in connection with the 20th Congress of CPI(M) here last evening.
He said the “brutal attacks” unleashed by Trinamool Congress on CPI(M) activists and sympathisers after coming to power showed their lack of confidence in the people.
“The CPI(M)-led Front in Bengal still holds more than 40 per cent of the state’s vote share,though we lost the elections.
Mamata is worried about this mass base of the Left,” he said.
Trinamool Congress workers,”with the support of other disruptive and regressive forces”,was out to systematically derail the functioning of all democratic institutions in the state. These forces had been unleashing violence in connivance with the government,Sarkar alleged.
CPI(M) politburo member and West Bengal state secretary Biman Basu,who also spoke,alleged the Mamata government was trying to sabotage the achievements of the three decades of Left rule in Bengal,including land reforms by which scheduled castes,tribes and minorities were most benefited.
Biman Basu charged that Trinamool workers were unleashing atrocities on activists of CPI(M) and other Left parties since it assumed office. Nearly 50 workers of the Left were killed in violence since the Mamata government assumed office,he alleged.
Basu also alleged that women were “molested at several places during instances of violence,only because they voted for the Left”. Fake cases were being registered against leaders of Left parties,he said.
CPI-M Kerala state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said the defeat of CPI(M) in West Bengal was the result of a “conspiracy” by capitalist forces and enemies of the working class.