May 26, 2009

CPI(M) West Bengal State Committee reviews election debacle

Kolkata,24th May: The Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s West Bengal State Committee that met here over two sessions on Sunday to review the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections, warned of attempts by its opponents to make the Left Front government dysfunctional by hindering pro-people programmes and by creating anarchy in the State.

The next Assembly elections are due in two years when the CPI(M) along with its Left partners will be up against a Trinamool Congress-led Opposition whose claim that the Left Front “has lost its right to rule” is reaching a crescendo.

The CPI(M)’s State Committee meeting was held less than a week after the party’s Polit Bureau observed that both national and State-specific factors were responsible for the dismal performance of the party.

It had recently underlined the need for a “self-critical” approach by the party’s State Committees, while making a “serious examination” of the reasons behind the electoral reverses.

This was reiterated at the meeting. Among those present were West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and party’s State Committee secretary Biman Bose.

Benoy Konar, a member of the party’s central committee, presided.

The CPI(M) won nine of the 32 seats it had contested in the State — its worst showing since it led the Left Front to power here 32 years ago.

The CPI(M)’s State Committee observed that in no way could the faults that might have existed in the functioning of the party, the Left Front, the State government, the panchayats and municipalities be condoned. There was need to pay greater attention to address the shortcomings and to engage in intensive interactions with the people.

What is necessary is “to win back lost friends and to keep finding new friends,” the CPI(M)’s State Committee said.

People at the national level had not accepted the slogan of a Third Front as an alternative to the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party for a stable government at the Centre, the CPI(M)’s State Committee noted.

The meeting marked the beginning of a process of rectifying the shortcomings in the party at the organisational level and trying to determine the lapses in its pre-poll political strategies.

A preliminary scrutiny of the party’s performance in the districts was placed by the CPI(M)’s different district secretaries and taken up for discussion.

The party’s district committees will have further discussions and will be reporting back to the State Committee that meets again in the second week of June for a detailed review of the electoral reverses.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The party's election debacle is due to failure of governance by the state Govt. The anarchists are being tolerated to the unbearable extent. The rational people, administration and police are getting frustrated day by day. In the last Loksava election Left fron has got 43% vote. Those people probably still support them but may not in future. Govt should take stern action against the anarchist without any fear and bow them down. And then should try to fulfill their election commitment made in 2006. If the Govt. can not perform the party will perish.

Abir Ghosh, Chandannagore said...

The party's election debacle is due to failure of governance by the state Govt. The anarchists are being tolerated to the unbearable extent. The rational people, administration and police are getting frustrated day by day. In the last Loksava election Left front has got 43% vote. Those people probably still support them but may not in future. Govt should take stern action against the anarchist without any fear and bow them down. And then should try to fulfill their election commitment made in 2006. If the Govt. can not perform the party will perish.

PS: My earlier comment in this regard has gone with anoymity by mistake, which I do not want. Hence it is resend with my name.

nitai said...

The debacle in West bengal is not only due to inaction of stae govt. but also due to some corrupt leaders. Drive aginst corruption is a continuous process & this should be immediatlely undertaken.Those party leaders are free from vices, they should come foroward in all tiers and talk to those who are in corrupt practices.Party also try to woo peasent & land less labouerer that thier right can not be sanatched and industrialisation process should carry on with the help of all classes of people.

Anonymous said...

the only way we cam over come from the lokshabha debacle id that all party members should be ready to give their ultimate for the party and grow intense public relation that the lt.com. jyoti babu had time and again said.

Debanjan said...

please select young and whole timer for M.L.A . we do not want any leader or a professional as M.L.A

R.K. said...

The key reasons for debacle were-

1. Leaders forgot that people have not lost their right to change.

2. Local workers became a parasite to the society by interfering in every thing -

- gas dealers
- building material supplier
- house owner must buy material
nominated vendors.

- nothing could be done touts who
claimed party affiliation.

Even now that fear exists in peoples mind. Traditional means with Red flag will not remove the apprehension from voters mind.Listen to people and change your approach to campaign to show CPI(M) too can bring change. Use third party statements.

R.K.Datta

Nilay Banerjee said...

Nilay Banerjee (9732740199): Support withdrawn from Congress for Nuclear Pact (for which TMC & congress came closure) - Netai, Nandigram (all the farmers thought they will be oust from there soil) - Corrupt Leaders (long time power holder leaders) - Poor governance (Control from Alimuddin prevailed over governance.
All r weighted more or less same in this debacle.
As so all asked for PARIBORTON (Change) in the anti strong platform - mamata - the dictator