Apart from “deep introspection”, the crucial CPM Politburo meet on Friday will find itself grappling with the post-poll violence in West Bengal, which is turning out to be yet another blot on the Left Front government.
West Bengal Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who flew into the Capital on Thursday, will take time off from the Politburo brainstorm to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday, ostensibly to brief him on the aftermath of cyclone Aila.
Bhattarcharjee avoided mediamen outside Delhi’s Banga Bhawan but a senior CPM leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he would “portray an honest picture” of the unrest in West Bengal before the PM.
Over 40 people have been killed in Bengal in post-poll violence. The party has accused the Trinamool Congress and Congress of aiding armed Maoist gangs in mounting attacks on its activists.
However, there is no missing the irony. For once, the CPM is at the receiving end and the unrest is blowing up on its face. It has ceded not just political ground but administrative territory.
Over 6 months now, Lalgarh has been out of bounds for state authorities. Tribals have come together with Maoists, alleging police atrocities.
Matters came to a boil after tribals backed by Maoists killed three CPM activists in Dharampur village in Lalgarh in West Midnapore district on Sunday.
“The CPM rejects the view that Maoist violence in Largarh is just another law and order problem that the state has to tackle. This is a national issue and both state and Centre are responsible for deal with it,” a senior CPM leader said, requesting he not be quoted.
Bhattacharjee is likely to inform the PM and the party central committee, which meets on Saturday, that his government would go ahead with combing operations in Lalgarh but with “caution”.