Political killings in West Bengal are part of the overall strategy of the ruling Trinamool Congress to browbeat all opposition through strong-arm methods of terror and intimidation,says the editorial in the CPMs Peoples Democracy. Comparing the current situation with the times of political violence in the 1970s,it says that the state is menacingly moving towards a situation reminiscent of the semi-fascist terror unleashed… during the decade of the 1970s.
Supporting its claim,the editorial also enlists political crimes in the state,purportedly at the TMCs behest since 2011. According to the statistics presented,there have been 142 political killings,over 200 rapes,89 farmers suicides,over 7,400 people evicted from their homes,over 4,200 arrests based on false charges,etc. It is,indeed,ominous that such an attack on democracy and civil liberties in West Bengal comes at a time when there seems to be a rightward shift in Indian politics. It is well-known that the Trinamool Congress has absolutely no reservations or any compunctions in doing business with the RSS/ BJP, it says,adding,It would,therefore,be of little surprise if the projected RSS/ BJP prime ministerial aspirant receives positive vibes from the West Bengal CM.
Like the fake encounter specialists,who brutally kill innocent people in manipulated encounters,UPA 2 has its own hitmen,who serve the interests of corporates and other looters of national and natural wealth,says the CPI in the editorial of New Age. Doing an analysis of Jayanthi Natarajan demitting the office of environment minister recently,the write-up says she was removed by the prime minister to serve corporate interests. It says Natarajans replacement,M. Veerappa Moily,has been sent to the environment ministry because the UPA wants certain projects cleared,which were earlier stalled due to environmental considerations. He (Moily) is doing overtime work to clear all the cases. He claims that he ‘clears all files by evening the day it is put to him. Really a smart and loyal servant of Corporate Houses…
Sounding the battlecry for the 2014 elections,th CPI(ML) says in ML Update that the party must make its presence felt with a powerful election campaign: With an utterly discredited Congress fast losing ground,the BJP has unleashed an aggressive campaign to grab power at the Centre. Regional parties do have their pockets of influence but barring a few of them,most have shown a readiness to collaborate with the BJP in the past… It is the Left that has historically offered the most courageous and credible ideological resistance to the communal fascist agenda of the Sangh brigade,but the continuing decline of the CPI(M) in West Bengal and the opportunist tactical line pursued by the CPI(M) and CPI have weakened the Left bloc nationally…
Compiled by Avishek G. Dastidar