Basu’s poll prediction: Left ‘may lose some seats’

The Nandigram nightmare still haunts the CPI(M)’s top election strategists as they fear another setback in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls....

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:February 28, 2009 11:51 pm

The Nandigram nightmare still haunts the CPI(M)’s top election strategists as they fear another setback in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Party patriarch and one of the poll forecasters for the Marxists Jyoti Basu on Friday said in the ensuing polls the Left Front would be reduced by number. In May 2008 rural polls,opposition Trinamool Congress made a dent in the CPI(M)’s rural votebank.

Basu hinted that the scenario had not changed. “We may lose some seats this time,” said Basu when asked whether the party would face a setback in Lok Sabha polls.

He also made it clear that the CPI(M) and Left Front would have to face a tough battle if any electoral adjustment between the Trinamool Congress and Congress emerged in the elections.

Basu on Friday attended the party secretariat meeting at the party headquarters on Alimuddin Street. After a prolonged illness,Basu,since last week,started attending routine Friday meetings of the state secretariat.

On whether the CPI(M) would again support the Congress in case no political party got an absolute majority in the polls,Basu said,“The issue has not yet been decided in the party.”

Party insiders say in five south Bengal districts of North and South 24-Parganas,East Midnapore,Nadia and Hooghly,Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has already made a dent in their votebank. In these districts,the TMC has no representatives in Parliament. But this time,according to party assessment,the CPI(M) will have to face a neck and neck contest from the TMC on all 16 seats.

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