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Kolkata: Setback before panchayat polls, admits Biman

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, April 11, 2013
First Published: 16:08 IST(11/4/2013) | Last Updated: 16:10 IST(11/4/2013)

The assault on Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra by SFI activists in New Delhi pushed the Left Front on the back foot in the forthcoming panchayat elections in the state, Left Front chairman Biman Bose, said.

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He said the backlash by Trinamool on Left Front leaders, activists and party offices has once again dismantled the Front’s organisational structure in the districts, which it was trying to reorganise after it was shatter by the its humiliating defeat in the 2011 Assembly elections.

“Following this backlash we surely have suffered an initial jolt, which we need to repair through renewed and intense public relations exercise,” Bose told reporters after an emergency Left Front meeting on Wednesday.

Bose said that after the Delhi incident, since Tuesday evening over 1,000 Left Front offices in different parts of West Bengal have been ransacked. “Even our female leaders have been manhandled,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Left Front and the CPI(M) is trying to repair the damages by publicly condemning the assault on Mitra. On Monday, the CPI(M) politburo issued a statement condemning the assault and said that it would look into how the unfortunate incident took place.


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