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CPI(M) gears up for Lok Sabha polls

kolkata Updated: Jan 17, 2009 18:55 IST

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The CPI(M) in West Bengal on Saturday took stock of the party's poll prospects ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and asked party workers to prepare for a "difficult" situation this time.

CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose underlined the difficulties the Left Front would face in the wake of the party losing nearly 50 per cent of gram panchayat and panchayat samiti seats to the Opposition particularly in South Bengal, which includes Nandigram and Singur.

Presenting the evaluation report on the political situation, Bose said: "We will have to fight the coming election under a difficult situation."

"The reactionary forces, rightists, Maoists and secessionists have combined and are working against the Left Front government," he said.

Fear of land acquisition in rural areas, apart from corruption and failure to deliver promises led to reverses in the panchayat polls, party sources said quoting Bose after a two-day crucial state committee meeting in Kolkata.

Though the equations in the Lok Sabha polls were different from rural polls, the party was not taking things lightly, the sources said.

The Left Front swept the last Lok Sabha election in 2004, winning 35 out of the 42 seats, while the Congress bagged six and the Trinamool Congress one.

"We also told Gandhi that as Congressmen we will abide by whatever decision is taken by the party high command," Bhunia said.

He said Gandhi had informed them that she would discuss the issue with Pranab Mukherjee and AICC general secretary in-charge of the party affairs in West Bengal, Mohsina Kidwai.

According to Bhunia, Gandhi also said that she would take the PCC and the CLP into confidence before taking any decision on the issue.

She also directed the state Congress to launch a campaign against the "failures" of the Left Front government in West Bengal.

Meanwhile, Subrata Mukherjee, who had brought Mamata into politics, told PTI "Why should pre-conditions be aired publicly by these leaders? This will only spoil the efforts for an alliance. It will also elicit an adverse reaction from the Trinamool Congress."

Mukherjee, who had been in the TC earlier, suggested that Congress leaders convey their views to the External Affairs minister who could take it up with Mamata with whom he was in touch through telephone.

Pitching for an alliance between the two parties, Mukherjee said a division of opposition votes would only benefit the CPI(M).

State Youth Congress chief Amitava Chakraborty, a Subrata Mukherjee loyalist said discussions on alliance should be held between the Congress high command and Mamata rather than completely depending on the state-level PCC leaders.

Although the TC chief has not commented on her plans for an alliance with Congress, she has lately been in touch with Mukherjee.