Left Front chairman Biman Bose’s recent threat to step down from the post of chairman of the Left Front took a serious turn on Thursday with the RSP and the Forward Block observing that he had damaged the credibility of the Front by publicly issuing such threats.
Bose had said on Monday that he would quit if Front allies had lost trust on him over his role in handling the ongoing Nandigram violence. Bose said in Delhi during the day that it was not an empty threat and he would raise the issue in the next Front meeting to be held on Monday.
During an emergency bipartite meeting the Forward Bloc and the RSP virtually passed a no-trust motion against him observing that Bose was deliberately issuing such threats to sidestep the real issue of failure to resolve the Nandigram crisis.
Sharply critical of the role of the CPI(M) in the Nandigram violence, which is continuing unabated, the two Front allies also made a significant observation that the state leadership of the Marxist party was being unable to contain its own cadres. Bose is also the state secretary of the CPI(M).
The closed-door bipartite meeting between the Forward Bloc and the RSP took place two days after a meeting between the CPI and the Forward Bloc where similar views had been expressed. The views would be put forward during the crucial Left Front meting to be held next Monday.
The three Left Front allies also put the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government on the dock observing that the state government had done paltry little to resolve the ongoing crisis in Nandigram. “The last Front meeting had decided to initiate a socio-political process to bring back normalcy. But nothing has been done yet,” a senior Forward Bloc leader who attended the meetings with RSP and the CPI said.
“The chief minister attended the public meeting at Haldia with MP Lakshman Seth on his side, though the ire of the people in Nandigram are specifically directed at Seth. The DM is calling all-party peace meeting, which is an administrative process and not a political one. Steps such as these are sending wrong signals and aggravating the crisis,” the Forward Bloc leader said.
The RSP and the Forward Bloc also decided to oppose entry of Reliance in the retail sector in agriculture and said company’s demand of a huge amount of land to the tune of 1850 acres in the state was unacceptable. The two parties also criticised the chief minister for moving ahead with the SEZ project in north Bengal in spite of his public promise not to do so.
The three Front allies have also decided to demand a detailed statement from the government during the Left Front meting on the steps being taken to improve agriculture in the state.