People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 26, 2006
ongoing election campaign of the CPI(M) and the Bengal Left Front, believes
state secretary of the Bengal CPI(M), Anil Biswas, has succeeded in creating a
wide and politically driven mass initiative throughout the state.
Biswas, who placed the secretarial report before the ninth session of the state
committee, held on March 18, 2006 firmly underpinned his postulate by pointing
to the major participation in the election campaign of the CPI(M) and the Left
Front of every section of the populace bar the tiny segment who aid and abet the
forces of reaction and who revel in the onerous task of exploitation.
the state committee meeting, it was resolved that the mass initiative was to be
further consolidated and the election campaign as the mass contact of the CPI(M)
and of the Bengal Left Front taken further ahead.
state committee meeting was held at the Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan in Kolkata. Biman Basu, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) presided.
Jyoti Basu and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Polit Bureau members both,
attended the meeting.
meeting that listened to district-level reports was of the view that the
response that was evinced from among the people to the election campaign of the
CPI(M) and the Left Front was unexpected and certainly unprecedented.
CAMPAIGN: A SUCCESS
first phase of the election campaign offered very little scope for the ongoing
school leaving examinations across Bengal precluded the use of loudspeakers, and
hence larger allies and meetings were out of the question. Even outdoor meetings
were not held in case the emanating sound was of inconvenience to students hard
at work studying for the examinations.
the CPI(M) concentrated on mohalla (neighbourhood)
meetings, small gatherings, informal and otherwise, street-corner meetings, and
on house-to-house campaign –– from the urban bustees to the single-storey pucca
buildings, to the multi-storeyed housings.
In the villages, every household has been approached with the political
contents of the election call of the Left Front.
was a tough campaign to contend with, commented Anil Biswas and went on to note
the quiet self-confidence that marked the workers of the CPI(M) and the Left
Front as they went about accomplishing the task.
Biswas placing his report to the state committee said that the massive stream of
people joining in the election campaign of the CPI(M) and the Left Front had
continuously swelled the booth-level participation of the mass of the people.
The opposition has been rendered quite ineffectual in consideration of
visible lack of an election campaign in any form on the part of the Bengal
opposition, of the right and of the extreme Left, is very conspicuous to
everyone concerned. ‘But we are
never content with the level of our achievement,’ said Anil Biswas and he
stressed that the ‘mass initiative must be further widened and the CPI(M)
would take the people along all the way during the election campaign.’
state unit of the Bengal CPI(M) has little doubt that imperatives of various
forms and sorts notwithstanding, the political conditions are favourable for
massive win by the Bengal Left Front in the assembly elections.
emerging picture of popular support is clearly perceivable during the conduct of
the intense election campaign statewide. There
is a real possibility that the Bengal Left Front shall romp home with a greater
number of seats than it did the last time around in the assembly polls.
The CPI(M) aims at mobilising more support in every booth and in every
seat this time around.
amount of hurdles has been set up on the path of the people’s initiative to
put into practice and in a spontaneous manner their hard-earned democratic
right. The mass of the people of
Bengal, conscious and dignified, must be aroused and enthused politically to
move forth relentlessly in the situation that has been created.
The people shall always abide by the rules, regulations, and codes of the
Election Commission of India.
ROLE OF THE OPPOSITION
Bengal unit of the CPI(M) has served a word of warning to the workers,
supporters, and sympathisers of the CPI(M) and the Left Front to say that as the
assembly election would draw close, the present sets of attacks from the ruling
classes, the parties of the vested interest, and the opposition outfits would
increase and would become more and more frequent.
forces have in their pay and employ, the so-called Maoists in the ‘red clay’
districts of the state. The Maoists
criminals are indulging the heinous act of assassinating the workers of the
CPI(M). The killers are in receipt
of political and material assistance from such outfits as the Pradesh Congress,
the Trinamul Congress, the Jharkhand party, and the BJP.
the same time, the Bengal CPI(M) notes, concerted and continuous attempts are
going on at the level of the districts by the Pradesh Congress, the Trinamul
Congress, and the BJP to harass and exasperate the people.
In the circumstances, the CPI(M) and the left Front must take along every
section of the people in the task of strengthening further the election
every step with caution and circumspection, the CPI(M) and Left Front workers
must ensure that genuine voters were never deprived of the right to exercise
franchise. The revision of the
voters’ list, which is going on the present point in time, must be looked t
closely and the attention of the members of the electorate must be urgently
drawn to the photo identification cards.
answering questions from the Kolkata media at the Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan, Anil
Biswas made the following points:
CPI(M) does not believe in individual-based election campaign.
The responsibility of the conduct of the election campaign devolves
on the CPI(M).
CPI(M) is against the photos of the candidates being put on banners and
hoardings. However, the CPI(M) candidates are expected to visit every
household with campaign material that might well feature photos of the
CPI(M) has no problem with the coming to the state of a plethora of Election
Observers. It is the duty under
law of the EC observers to come and supervise election-related matters.