(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
the results of the elections to the 81 municipal bodies across the
state of West Bengal held on May 30,
2010, the Left Front has won
in only 18 municipalities.The Trinamul
Congress has won 26, the Congress 7, the anti-Left alliance 4, while 23
hung, 3 have resulted in a tie.In whose
favour these would be resolved will only be known in the future.
the finest traditions of democratic practice, the Left Front led by the
has accepted the people’s verdict. The Left Front in West Bengal has declared that it shall make a
proper assessment and
review of these results to draw correct lessons for the future.
has been a massive media hype that these elections are a `semi-final’
so-called `final’ assembly elections in May, 2011. The politically
electorate in Bengal is discerning in
sense that it treats every election on the basis of its objective. The
Sabha elections were to determine the government at the centre. The
to the state assembly are to determine the government in the state.
the municipal and panchayat elections have their own objectives. Each
is, therefore, a different ballgame.
Trinamul Congress has mounted a shrill campaign for the dismissal of
duly-elected state government and the holding of early elections.This is not only patently undemocratic but
completely irrational. The total number of people eligible to vote in
municipal elections was 85,33,000 out of a total electorate in the
5,24,32,000, ie, only 17 per cent of the total electorate.This makes up for less than 40 seats in an
assembly of 294. The rest of the 83 per cent constitutes the rural Bengal electorate or more than 250 assembly
has predominantly determined the character of the government in the
the past. Hence, it will be fallacious to conclude that the results of
municipal elections are a reflection of the state’s electorate as a
it is a reflection of urban Bengal.
extent, the Left Front is committed to undertake a serious
these results. During the Lok Sabha polls in 2009, which saw a serious
in the Left vote, the Left Front had a lead in 525 of the 1766
in the state or 29.73 per cent.In these
elections, the Left Front has won 603 out of 1791 municipal wards or
cent.Hence, the situation now shows, at
best, a marginal improvement in the performance of the Left Front.
therefore, the setback suffered in the Lok Sabha elections has not been
reversed but the downslide appears to have been partially arrested.
the 2005 elections to the municipal bodies, the Left Front had won an
victory bagging 50 out of the 81 municipal bodies. In the 2009 Lok
elections, however, it had led in only 19.In these elections, it has won in only 18. However, as noted
the leadership of 26 municipal bodies will only be decided later.The main reverses to the Left Front have come
from Kolkata and its adjoining urban areas. North 24 Parganas district
municipal bodies while Hooghly
district has 12.In 2005, the Left Front
had won 26 of these 33
municipalities. This time Left Front has won only in 4 with a tie in 2
municipalities. This is a serious matter that needs to be properly
order to draw the correct lessons and apply the needed correctives. The
and the Left Front are committed to undertake this task in right