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Buddha asks cadres to expand Left,reach out to grassroots

Taking note of the tough contest the Trinamool-Congress alliance can provide to the CPM in the LS elections...

Written by Kartyk Venkatraman | Kolkata | Published: March 14, 2009 2:54:59 am

Taking note of the tough contest the Trinamool-Congress alliance can provide to the CPM in the LS elections,Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee asked party legislators to increase their reach and sensitise people about the development work done by the Left Front government,especially for the minorities and progress under the NREGA.

Bhattacharjee urged party leaders to strengthen the base at the grassroots level. Citing the Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance in the state,he said: “We have seen such alliances in the past. To counter it,there is need to strengthen Left Front unity at the grassroots. It is not enough to be united at top.”

Echoes of Tumkur,where the Third Front was officially launched on Thursday,rang loud at a pre-poll organisational convention of CPM’s Kolkata district committee on Friday as party’s state secretary Biman Bose exhorted his cadres to work towards the establishment of a non-Congress,non-BJP government at the Centre.

“How do we create this Third Front? A non-BJP,non-Congress government at the Centre that would secure the future and interests of the masses. The Left should not remain happy with power in Kerala,Tripura and West Bengal,” Bose said adding that the public received a “raw deal” at the hands of the NDA and UPA.

But Bose also had tough issues to tackle in party’s backyard. To silence the rumble of dissent among the Left MPs who did not receive tickets this time,Bose urged cadres to put aside personal differences.

“Those who were more interested in power than ideals have made their stand clear. Our party has a special connection with the people. Each of us should strive to make it stronger. We need to own up to our mistakes and must cooperate among ourselves,” he told nearly 2,000 cadres as they readied for campaigning for Kolkata north and south constituencies – Mohd Salim and Rabin Deb,respectively. Deb will be pitted against Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee.

He slammed the Congress-Trinamool seat-sharing arrangement. “The Trinamool is supporting leaders like Chattradhar Mahato in Lalgarh,who is sowing hatred in the hearts of tribals. In Darjeeling,the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha is trying to divide Bengal,” he said.

“Trinamool’s only aim is to stop progress in Bengal,” he added,equating the present economic condition with the Great Depression and said that there is a huge air of expectancy surrounding the upcoming elections not seen since 1952.

“India is facing tremendous problems. But we are still buying weapons from Israel for crores of rupees,” he added.

CPI-CPM’s Kerala rift not to reach Bengal

The ongoing tussle between the CPI and the CPM in Kerala over Ponnai seat will not affect the relations between the two Left parties or their future as Left Front constituents in West Bengal,CPI state secretary Manju Kumar Mazumdar said on Friday. He said workers of both the parties in the state were chalking out their election campaign by carrying out discussions at the district level. — ENS

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