BENGAL POLITICS: CPM banks on central rule for early polls – Bengal on its knees crying “mummy” ?!! – Gorkha Adivasi “just, constitutional and peaceful agitation issue” its least concern ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
New Delhi, July 3: The besieged and beleaguered CPM is now banking on President’s rule in Bengal to save its sinking ship.
Here to participate in the two-day party politburo meeting, CPM state secretary Biman Bose attempted to egg on the Centre to impose President’s rule in Bengal and hold early Assembly elections to fulfil ally Mamata Banerjee’s wishes.
“For early Assembly polls, the Centre will have to impose President’s rule. If they (the Centre) impose President’s rule, we are ready for it,” Bose said when asked about Mamata having asserted that the Assembly elections would be held after the Pujas.
The CPM, which has for long made political capital out of Centre-state relations, appears to be hoping against hope to reignite the issue if the Centre succumbs before Mamata and imposes President’s rule.
CPM leaders admitted that they did not expect the Congress-led government to take the drastic step of using Article 356 but, if it did, they would only gain amid all-round hopelessness. “Our defeat in Bengal looks almost imminent and, in such a situation, President’s rule can hopefully generate some sympathy and give us an issue to exploit,” a senior party leader said.
Sources said the party would dare the Centre to impose President’s rule.
The CPM feels that given the wide resentment against the Left in the state only a larger political issue, if at all, can salvage its position.
Bose indicated so when he said the party’s review of the recent civic poll debacle had shown that the elections were fought on a larger political issue raised by the Opposition, which the Left could not counter well enough.
“We (the Left) had concentrated on civic issues. The Opposition raised larger political issues and we failed to counter them and convince the people. This was one of the major reasons for our defeat,” Bose said when asked about the civic results, which the politburo is going to review.
The analysis, however, was also said to be the Bengal party unit’s attempt to trash the central leadership’s charge that the Left was loosing because of failures in governance.
The politburo today discussed the present political situation and tried to firm up its political stance of whether to treat the “communal forces” or the Congress as its enemy No. 1.
The issue is likely to widen fissures in the party with many leaders from Bengal raising questions about the CPM calling for a countrywide strike on the fuel price rise the same day as the BJP — on July 5.
Politburo member Sitaram Yechury tried to play down the issue. “We have nothing to do with the BJP. They have given a separate call.”
Asked whether the CPM had decided to sharpen its anti-Congress stand, Yechury said that given the economic policies being followed by UPA II, the party had no choice but to oppose it.
Squabble complaint to Bhuniya – like little immature children ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Calcutta, July 3: Congress leaders from North 24-Parganas and Hooghly today sought Manas Bhuniya’s intervention in resolving intra-party sqabbles, giving the new state Congress president a feel of the challenge that awaits him in stemming the growing dissent within the party.
The leaders today met Bhuniya at the Congress headquarters and requested him to stop the infighting in the party.
A section of leaders from North 24-Parganas complained to Bhuniya against district president Debi Ghosal for “encouraging groupism in the party”.
Abdul Mannan, former MLA from Chapdani, Hooghly, and district president Dilip Nath also called on Bhuniya to inform him about the squabbles among party workers at the grassroots.
Bhuniya told the leaders that he would visit the districts.
Invite to Mamata – Bengal’s downfall caused by Jyoti Basu’s unjust policies, no more a hero ?!!
Speaker Hashim Abdul Halim today sent an invite to Mamata Banerjee’s Kalighat residence, requesting her to attend the Jyoti Basu Memorial Lecture in the Assembly to commemorate his 96th birth anniversary. (*?!!)
Gorkha League seeks more Central forces in Darjeeling – more Bongalese than Bongal itself ?!!
Reluctantly picked up From “KalimNews” as a warning to all Indian Gorkhas worldwide ?!!
Kolkata, Sun Jul 04 2010, 04:50 hrs (ENS): All India Gorkha League leaders in Darjeeling have demanded that the West Bengal government should deploy more Central forces in the hills to restore the democratic environment and arrest the killers of Madan Tamang, who was assassinated in the heart of the town on May 21.
The demands were placed before State Urban Development Minister Ashok Bhattacharya, who holds charge of Darjeeling on behalf of the CPI(M) and who visited the hill town on Friday.
AIGL leaders Laxman Pradhan and Mohan Sharma said that the party was happy that the state government had, of late, been sending paramilitary forces to the hills.
“But the West Bengal government should ensure that these is not mere eyewash. The forces should help restore the democratic environment, which has been totally vitiated by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha over the past couple of years,” said the AIGL leaders.