People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 12, 2006
WITH the first phase of the Bengal assembly elections a little over a month away, the Left Front workers, all two crore of them, assures Party state secretary, Anil Biswas, are engaged in intense house-to-house campaign across the state.
The Left Front election manifesto, printed in Bengali, Hindi, and English, is in great demand, as in the past. A small pamphlet of ‘talking points’ that the Bengal unit of the CPI(M) has released and distributed have proved popular and useful to the organisers of the campaign, in particular.
The campaign drive is taken up by small teams of four-to-six workers. They fan out in the morning and again in the afternoon, and approach every house in the locality with the LF manifesto, voters’ slips, and the Party symbol complete with the principal election slogan of the Left Front.
Left Front teams comprising representatives from virtually every section of the
mass of the people are going about across the metropolis, traversing the lanes
and by-lanes, approaching the denizens of the city, and carrying the political
message to the people about the importance of ensuring a big win for the Left
Front in the assembly polls coming up.
Patiently explaining the reasons why the seventh Left Front government must be established to accelerate further the pace of development in Bengal, the Left Front workers, whenever necessary, take pains to elucidate and clarify points in the manifesto and refute in a polite way the campaign of misinformation being bandied about in the corporate media which apparently revel in their role as the ideological mentors of the political parties on the right and on the extreme left.
Election Commission has in the meanwhile communicated to Anil Biswas that it
would not allow any graffiti and that the 1976 Act of the state against
defacement of walls has been duly notified in the Gazette.
Anil Biswas has issued a guideline to the Party workers asking them not
to put up any fresh graffiti on walls, in the cities and in the villages.
CPI(M) and the Left Front would soon issue a comprehensive guideline in the
background of the new developments over graffiti, and Anil Biswas has in the
meanwhile exhorted upon the CPI(M) and Left Front workers to intensify and widen
the house-to-house campaign.
Biswas has stressed that the CPI(M) and the Left Front are never dependent on
seasonal campaign: ‘For us, the campaign goes on 365 days a year, and our mass
contact is continuously widened across Bengal.’
CPI(M) leader also called upon the Party and Left Front workers to communicate
to the people the need to isolate the forces of disruption and anarchy, and to
tear the mask off from their patrons in the Pradesh Congress, the Trinamul
Congress, and the BJP.