People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 30, 2006
statewide election campaign of the CPI(M) and the Left Front has been stepped
further as the remaining three phases of the assembly polls approach fast.
The final round up of the house-to-house campaign is going on briskly in
the districts that will witness polling in the next two weeks.
A total of 183 seats are in the fray in the next three poll phases coming
from early in the morning, CPI(M) and Left Front workers, sporting over-shirts
and tee-shirts with the election symbols of the LF emblazoned in Red on a white
base colour, are engaged in approaching each and every household, in villages
and cities, speaking to the residents, and more importantly, listening to them
slips and handy leaflets containing the bio-data of the candidates are
distributed and the part and serial numbers of the voters are communicated to
the electorate. The LF election
manifesto and the clutch of leaflets bought out by the CPI(M) have already been
bickering and a patent lack of electoral efforts have marked the Bengal
opposition. With the rallies addressed by the Trinamul Congress chieftain
attracting less and less people, the opposition leadership, and their patrons in
the media and in the corporate world have started to push the panic button.
the meanwhile, the central leadership of the CPI(M) are busy addressing meeting
across expanse of the state. General
secretary of the CPI(M) Prakash Karat has addressed a string of rallies over two
days of intense campaign work.
his addresses to packed gatherings, Prakash Karat, speaking in Hindi, has
emphasised the growing importance of the CPI(M) and the Left in the national
political scene. He has also
pointed out how with the electoral successes in Bengal and Kerala under the
belt, the Left would be in a position to evince an additional component of
political zest amongst the mass of the people of the country.
of the way the UPA government has tended to sway from the Common Minimum
Programme (CMP), Prakash Karat said that the union government must be kept under
increasing pressure by the Left compelling the UPA leadership to put into
practice the pro-people aspects of the CMP.
to the palpable untruth uttered by the Congress president Sonia Gandhi during
her election tour of Bengal, Prakash Karat said that in raising the issue of
closed factories, the Congress adhyakshani
would not recall the union government’s policy that had brought things
to such a pass, and all over the country. In Maharashtra, said the CPI(M)
leader, many more factories had downed shutters than they had in Bengal.
was the commencement of the ruinous policy of liberalisation under P V Narasimha
Rao’s premiership, said Prakash Karat that had set the ball rolling along the
lines of immensely damaging the national economy.
quotients for the small industries sector are withdrawn and the import duties
are allowed to wing down. This is what has caused the factories, unable to face
competition of cheap imports, to close down in their lakhs.
the Congress leader would not dare mention was the fact that it has been the
industrial outlook of the Bengal Left Front government that started to draw the
attention of the nation as the viable alternative path.
factories, said Prakash Karat, were being set up across the state.
The rate of employment generation has started to accelerate.
Traditional industries are being modernised while new industries like
InfoTech are coming up strongly.
the responsive and responsible role of the Bengal Left Front government in the
reality of limited powers, Prakash Karat pointed out how in the Congress-ruled
and BJP-run states, the core sectors like water supply, education, health, and
power were offered on a platter to the private sector.
In a bright and shining example of an alternative outlook, the Left Front
government in Bengal would continue to strengthen the state sector.
the anti-people outlook of the Congress, Prakash Karat said that the
Congress-led UPA government was always too keen to take steps for the benefit of
the capitalists and of the multi-national conglomerates.
Congress-led regime appeared to be keen to emerge as the junior partner of the
US imperialists. It was dedicated
to sacrificing the independent foreign policy stance of the nation, and put into
practice what Prakash Karat referred to as the ‘common minimum programme of US
opening up of the retail sector to the MNC’s, said the CPI(M) leader, would
ensure a further depression of the crisis-ridden national economy.
Once the elections were over, assured Prakash Karat, the CPI(M) and the
Left would organise a series of nationwide movements against this and other
anti-people moves of the UPA government.
the rapid alienation of the politics of communalism on the national scene,
Prakash Karat said that the desertion of the BJP by its NDA partners was an
indication of this development. The
people of Bengal were aware, said the CPI(M) general secretary, how the
politically amoral Trinamul Congress was in covert alliance with the forces of
communalism despite attempts to cover this up.
people of Bengal, he said, would be able to identify the road to progress and
they would vote in the Left Front for the seventh time in succession.
Bureau member of the CPI(M), Sitaram Yechury too has addressed a series of
meetings across south Bengal. Addressing
a massive rally at Bhangar in south 24 Parganas, Sitaram Yechury called upon the
people of Bengal to vote in the seventh Left Front government in order to help
the process of creating a new India. The
new India will be built for the interest of the working people of the country.
In this task, the Left Front government of Bengal shall have an important
role to play in the days ahead.
Red Flag alone, pointed out the speaker, ‘can rescue the country from the
morass it has been made to sink into by a succession of anti-people union
governments.’ The 2004 Lok Sabha
elections have clearly depicted how no political outfit, alone or in alliance,
would be in a position to run the country by ignoring the Left.
presence of the Left, ever stronger, on the national political scene has meant
that the UPA government has had to reckon with a principled opposition to its
anti-people and anti-poor policies. The
Left it was that had succeeded in incorporating in the CMP such provisions and
settings as rural development, rural employment, and guarantee for 100 days’
it was to keep away the communal forces that the CPI(M) and the Left, pointed
out Sitaram Yechury, had to choose to offer a critical and conditional support
to the UPA regime from outside, and based on the CMP.
electoral success of the Bengal Left Front for the seventh time in succession,
said the CPI(M) leader, appeared very much on the cards, and once this happened,
a new history would have been created in the annals of the country and of the
critical of the divisive nature of the politics indulged in by the Trinamul
Congress and BJP, Sitaram Yechury pointed out that a big win for the Left Front
was necessary for the advancement of the united struggle of the mass of the
people, in Bengal, and in the country as a whole.