People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 16, 2006
in the early afternoon of April 10, 2006, the Bengal Left Front has called upon
the workers everywhere in the state to make bold strides in spreading LF’s
political message as the Front’s election campaign becomes wider and deeper.
over by the Bengal Left Front chairman Biman Basu and attended among others by
CPI(M) leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, the Left Front meeting was of the firm
view that as the assembly elections would draw closer, the opposition and their
mentors would step up the cut-and-thrust manoeuvrings of misdemeanour, defame,
task for the LF workers would be to withstand the assault, to protest against
the villainy but never to be provoked by the constancy of political sniping,
however unfair and unpleasant the circumstances would get.
LF workers must play a leading and conscious role in making the assembly polls
peaceful and devoid of disturbance.
LF meeting was the first such occasion after the passing away of the CPI(M)
state secretary, Comrade Anil Biswas. The
meeting remembered and paid homage to the memory of the CPI(M) stalwart.
brief review of the electoral campaign so far conducted revealed important and
encouraging facets of information. The
election campaign has been more positive than ever before for the Left Front.
All the LF candidates are traversing their constituencies making
booth-based approaches all the while. It has been a veritably positive response
all the way from the electorate all over Bengal to the LF election campaign.
Basu communicated to the Left Front workers not to deviate from the rules and
regulations being put in force by the Election Commission. The regulations
include details of how camp offices of a political party would have to be fixed.
The camp would have three sides open and would contain two chairs and one
table. It would also sport but a single banner. The set up is one of the novel
things that have come up this year as part of the electoral and election-related
talking to the media, Biman Basu expressed his firm belief that the Left Front
had complete trust in the high level of political consciousness of the people of
Bengal who would vote for those ‘who have looked to the interests of the
people, who have restored democratic norms in the state, and who have worked
tirelessly to ensure that the electoral process was strengthened all the way in
the entire state.’
a question Biman Basu expressed surprise at the manner in which the Trinamul
Congress chieftain Mamata Banerjee would repeatedly refer to the ‘fact of the
Election Commission being in favour of us.’
"We are not quite aware of the reasons why she would call the
Election commission as ours when we all know that the EC is an independent and
impartial body", said Basu.
the poll process in Bengal to be free-and-fair, and peaceful, the Election
Commission, too, must play a big role. Biman
Basu said this while referring to the odd sight of Trinamul Congress candidate
accompanying the police while the latter searched the Keshpur CPI(M) office in
Midnapore West in the small hours of the night — and ended up with a ‘nil’
Basu also spoke about the onerous presence of Jharkhand Party satraps when the
police searched the house of Kalipada Murmu of the CPI(M) at Dumurgeria in
Lalgarh in the same district. The
Election Commission must not only be impartial, said Biman Basu, but it must
also appear to be impartial.
Basu also expressed his anguish as well as anxiety at the manner in which tens
of thousands of names of genuine voters were being unceremoniously deleted.
Regrettably, as the Bengal CPI(M) has already communicated to the
Election Commission, the names were deleted without offering the genuine voters
the benefit of hearing them out.
process of deletion – and the Bengal CPI(M) has always stood for the deletion
of names of dead and shifted voters – has come to such a pass that the CPI(M)
sitting MP Prasanta Pradhan was asked to show cause why his name should not be
deleted. More recently, Maimoona
Mollah, the wife of CPI(M) MP Hannan Mollah and AIDWA functionary was written to
by the Election Commission about striking her name off the voters’ list on
grounds of non-residence.
continuing drive by the Election Commission to strike out the names of genuine
voters across Bengal has served to deprive them of their democratic right to
exercise their franchise. The
Bengal CPI(M) has already written to the Election Commission drawing its
attention to these efforts.
Basu came up with a selection of cases (out of thousands of other such
instances) where names of genuine voters have been deleted.
These can be tabulated as follows:
Number of Genuine Voters with Names Deleted
75-Krishnagar East 157
18. 82-Chakdaha 12