People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 12, 2006
at the Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan in Kolkata in the afternoon of March 2, the Bengal
Left Front has called the five-phase election schedule for the state as
‘unwarranted, unprecedented, and unnecessary.’
Bengal Left Front completely accepts the election schedule but believes that a
different approach could have been embarked upon by the Election Commission in
drawing up the programme. The Left Front leadership asserted the very healthy
law-and-order situation prevailing in the state.
his address to the Kolkata media, Bengal Left Front chairman, Biman Basu, cited
the fact that Kerala has been considered for a three-phase polls, and Bengal for
a five-phased one, and commented that perhaps an air of discrimination was
perceivable. He also elucidated to
say that Tamilnadu has been marked for a one-day election.
Bengal Left Front chairman said that it was regrettable that in chalking up the
election schedule for Bengal, the examination schedule was not taken cognizance
figures, Biman Basu pointed out that more than 10 lakh of examinees would have
to reckon with uncertainty, and their guardians and parents bothered with
anxiety as the entire gamut of the examination schedule for the state was
about the election campaign of the Bengal Left Front constituents, Biman Basu
said that in view of the directive by the Election Commission against
‘defacement’ of walls, the Left Front would conduct intense house-to-house
campaign, and concentrate on smaller group meetings.
fact of the ongoing school leaving examinations will be taken into account, and
loudspeakers given a wide berth in organising election rallies. Election
campaign has to be visible on the ground: electoral campaign could hardly be
conducted over the airwaves, posited the Left Front chairman.
questions from the media, Biman Basu said that it was somewhat strange that only
graffiti with political, economic, and social content was considered as
responsible for ‘defacement’ of walls, and not the myriad of other sorts of
posters and logos, the contents of at least some of which bordered on the
socially and environmentally unacceptable.
on the dictum of the Election Commission in its circular of February 13, about
wall writing causing the political parties a huge expense, Biman Basu said that
for the Left parties, in contrast to their bourgeois counterparts, the exercise
of wall writing was always based on a very modest, almost shoe-string, budget
since the work was never ‘contracted out,’ and the graffiti were done up by
dedicated volunteers of the political parties, with perhaps the only running
expenditure involving buckets of cheap paints and whitewash.