People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 09, 2006
bigger indoor meetings are addressed by both the state and the district-level
leadership of the Bengal CPI(M) with zonal and local leadership speaking at
smaller group meetings and mohalla
phase is followed by large and small election rallies with thousands of mass
meetings held across the state. Addressing
the bigger rallies are members of the CPI(M) Polit Bureau, central committee,
and state committee, and the leadership of the mass organisations.
recently departed secretary of the Bengal unit of the CPI(M), the late Anil
Biswas had already spoken about the broad outline of the speaking agenda of the
leadership of the Bengal CPI(M) right after the phased election schedule had
emphasis, in view of the ban imposed on graffiti and on banners and festoons,
Anil Biswas had pointed out, would be on a bustling door-to-door campaign where
the electorate would be met at close quarters and the political content of the
assembly election explained.
Basu, the newly-elected state secretary had later explained that the CPI(M) and
Left Front workers would don overshirts and aprons with the election symbols of
the Left Front and the names of the LF candidates prominently emblazoned on the
apparel while carrying out the election campaign.
has since been followed, and at recent meetings of the CPI(M) workers in the
Entally and Gardenreach areas, the latter filled with mohallas
famed for producing highly skilled ostagars
(master tailors), one saw thousands of such electioneering apparel being
distributed among CPI(M) workers along with peaked caps.
stock soon stood exhausted and one saw cheery CPI(M) volunteers attired in their
new draperies and outfits moving about the gullies and narrowest of
‘one-way’ by-lanes of Gardenreach and Entally, brightly displaying the
election symbols of the Left Front while speaking with members of the
committee member of the CPI(M) Mohd Amin is the Left Front candidate from
Gardenreach. Hashim Abdul Halim of
the CPI(M) contests for the LF from Entally.
cycle-rickshaws, and auto-rickshaws have since started to put on sheets of
cloth, cotton and water-proof polyester, and the election symbols of the CPI(M)
and the Left Front flutter merrily in the gusting summer wind from the vehicles
along the broad avenues of the metropolis as across the brick-layered and kutcha
two Polit Bureau members of the CPI(M) Biman Basu and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
have been busy criss-crossing across the state addressing packed CPI(M)
Basu addressed two such meetings in Purulia.
In his address to the crowded workers’ meeting at Rabindra Bhavan at
Purulia town, Biman Basu concentrated on the importance of taking to the
electorate the political content of the election campaign of the CPI(M) and the
Left Front. As communists, said
Biman Basu, it devolved on the CPI(M) workers to maintain a focused contact with
maintaining the contact, the CPI(M) workers must also communicate to the people
the political message of the election and counter as succinctly as possible, the
deluge of lies, deceptions, and subterfuges being adopted by the Bengal
opposition to gain a bit of political mileage in the run up to the polls.
Basu was specifically concerned in his address about the need to speak to the
mass across the political divide. "Those
who are not with us must be persuaded through arguments and via demonstrative
presentations to realise the reasons why they should politically be with the
Left Front rather than elsewhere", said Biman Basu.
was the approach, or one of the political steps, that the CPI(M) workers had to
put to practice towards ensuring improved margins for all the Left Front
candidates in the assembly polls.
another CPI(M) workers’ meeting at the Jaipur school grounds, the CPI(M) Polit
Bureau member dwelled on the theme of development and pointed out that
development did not comprise merely of bricks, and stones, and steel, and said
that developing human resources formed the crux of the drive towards a better
Bengal of tomorrow. Biman Basu
explained the industrial policy of the Left Front and noted that further
improvement in the social infrastructure was always on the agenda of the CPI(M)
and the Left Front.
Bhattacharjee spoke at Baruipur and at Kultali recently.
Both centres are in the district of south 24 Parganas.
Speaking at Baruipur, Buddhadeb spoke at length on the theme of peace and
CPI(M) leader noted how in the intense backdrop of mass struggles in the
district, the base of democracy could be built up when the Left Front government
was massively voted to office in 1977. Buddhadeb
said that the Left Front it was that could hold aloft the banners of peace and
the ambience of peace and with democratic norms flourishing, the state would
develop fast and the process of development would be pro-people.
If the unsavoury and disruptive attempts of the unholy nexus of the
Bengal opposition could be stopped in its tracks in the assembly polls, the
process of development would be quick and smooth.
Buddhadeb addressed other meetings at Canning and Sonarpur as well.
All three meetings were packed with CPI(M) workers.
his speeches at the three Kultali meetings, Buddhadeb was scathing in his
criticism of the Bengal opposition. He
characterised the Pradesh Congress as a weak-kneed outfit that was ready to kow-tow
to the Trinamul Congress, which was never short of energy or of disesteem for
berating Pradesh Congress as the ‘subordinate team’ of the CPI(M).
Trinamul Congress on the other hand, pointed out the speaker, would not draw
lessons from the drubbing it had received during the last Lok Sabha polls and
would again cuddle up to the BJP as its political ally.
slogan of the opposition is to oppose the Left Front; it had little by way of an
alternative programme. On the other
hand, said Buddhadeb, the Bengal Left Front was the product of a lot of blood,
sweat and tears and it was never a mere electoral alliance.
state has moved resolutely forward under the Left Front governance over the past
28-29 years. It had slid back in a
routine but alarming continuity during the Congress raj. The people will ensure a big victory of the Left Front come
the assembly polls. As Buddhadeb
ended his meetings, slogans would rise from the workers: ‘The seventh Left
Front government will be set up!’
contrast to the triumphant spirit marking the CPI(M) workers’ meetings,
reports have come in that Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamul Congress-called meetings
in places like Arambagh in the district of Hooghly in south Bengal – a meeting
advertised as a ‘rally of tens of thousands of people’ – drew an audience
of less than 200. The Trinamul
supreme cut short her speech to a minute or two and stormed away.
the Pradesh Congress headquarters in central Kolkata saw a furious demonstration
by a hundred-odd Congress supporters from north Kolkata in the presence of whose
fury the Pradesh Congress chief, Pranab Mukherjee had to take the help of the
state police to help him get inside the office.
irate Congress workers were miffed over the selection process of Congress
candidates and were ready to back up their distress with a dose or two of
violence. Without the police
intervention beforehand, things might have taken a very ugly turn.
recalls in this connection the physical discomfiture to which the Pradesh
Congress chief was put to on May 15 last year when a bunch of aggrieved
Congressmen physically heckled him at the PCC HQ, with the chief giving back as
good as he got by unceremoniously kicking some the attackers who strayed too
close to him. (B