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Left front to project Buddha as pro-poor

After 34 years of uninterrupted rule in West Bengal, the Left Front seems to have realised the importance of projecting chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in a pro-poor light during campaigns.

kolkata Updated: Apr 03, 2011 15:19 IST
HT Correspondent

After 34 years of uninterrupted rule in West Bengal, the Left Front seems to have realised the importance of projecting chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in a pro-poor light during campaigns.

"This time, we have chalked out the campaigning programme in such a way as to project that the chief minister is also with the poor and see that the media also reports that," said Rajya Sabha and CPI(M) central committee member Shyamal Chakraborty at a media conference on Thursday.

Around the same time, Bhattacharjee was facing a group of SFI members at Dinabandhu Andrew's College in Garia. One of the students asked him point blank, "The Left Front government is widely known to be a government of the poor. Why is it that the poor are voting against the party in the past two elections?" Bhattacharjee could not refute the statement and was left fumbling for a convincing answer.

Chakraborty's comment came in reaction to a question on why noted industrialists, who had been flocking around the chief minister during the initial years of the seventh Left Front government, are not seen these days around him.

"Previously, too, the chief minister was with the poor. But that pro-poor message of ours never reached the people since the media only covered and published news and photographs of his interactions with industrialists only. So, this time, we have chalked out our programmes in such a manner that the media does not get a chance to project him only as a pro-industrialist personality," Chakraborty said.

Speaking on the occasion, he defended the state government's policy on land acquisition for the erstwhile Nano site at Tata Motors at Singur in Hooghly district. "The compensation offered at Singur was the best in the industry at that point of time and majority of the farmers willingly gave the land there. So in my opinion nothing was wrong on the state government's part," Chakraborty said.

Asked about the recent controversy about Trinamool Congress's complaints against Election Commission's brand ambassador and former Indian cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly, Chakraborty suggested that the media should better ask the question to Election Commission, Trinamool and Ganguly. "All I can say that Sourav is an icon of Bengal because of talent and a fighting spirit and on this issue we have nothing to say," he said.

He concluded the press conference by saying that the party is confidant of forming the eighth Left Front government in West Bengal after the elections.