While the CPI-M seems confused on a post-poll alliance with the Congress party leaders Prakash Karat and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee have given contradicting statements, one person in the Congress knows exactly what he thinks of the Left Front.
Campaigning in Kolkata, Rahul Gandhi expressed “shock” at the way the state government has failed the poor. “After elections, even if we come together, that reality doesn’t change,” he said.
Attacking the Left with uncharacteristic ferocity on Friday and Saturday, he said: “One positive thing about communist parties is their pro-poor stand. But that’s not happening here.” On Singur and Nandigram, he said: “There should be a balance between growth and harm to people. In Nandigram, that was mismanaged. The government wasn’t sensitive. Schemes aren’t being implemented. I am angry.”
Bhattacharjee responded: “The Centre lauded us for being second in panchayat work. He has to gain more experience before making such comments.”