Tie-up with Congress: Left unity comes cloud

Left unity in Bengal seems to have taken a beating due to the “working relation” between the CPI-M and Congress in the eastern state.

While Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury says that the tacit understanding between the party and the Congress can continue, Forward Bloc — a constituent in the Left Front — has raised a red flag against the “double standard” of the Marxist leaders.

“The issue of electoral debacle in West Bengal figured prominently at the three-day meeting of Forward Bloc central committee in Delhi this week. The Assembly election result of Bengal is a severe jolt to the Left Front. The entire Front leadership has failed,” a senior Forward Bloc leader told IANS. “It is time the CPI-M admits its blunder” of aligning with the Congress.

That admission would be the “first step on part of the CPI-M to take the corrective measure,” he said. Or else, the Left unity will be in a shambles and help the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, he added.

CPI-M General Secretary Yechury has alleged “murder of democracy” in Bengal and said a “broadest possible coalition” will be worked out to fight the Trinamool regime in the state. And perhaps that’s how he wants to justify the partnership with the Grand Old Party of India.

However, the Left Front partners are not buying that argument.

In its statement the Forward Bloc said: “CPI-M leaders confused the general public with their double standard. Some of the leaders were ready to share the election platform with the Congress and some of them were reluctant.”

Observers point out that the reference was about former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee who shared the dais with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at an election rally in Kolkata’s Park Circus.

“It was an erroneous move,” a senior Forward Bloc leader said, referring to the top-notch bonhomie.

However, some senior Forward Bloc leaders said it would be improper to blame the ‘Bengal brigade’ of CPI-M completely. The leading Communist party’s central leadership under Yechury had a major role in forging the alliance with the Congress.


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