The interpretation of the CPI(M) officials at the end of the three-day politburo and central committee meeting in Delhi on Monday that Singur and Nandigram sparks were actually battles for political supremacy and not related to the question of land and plight of farmers shocked the Left Front allies in Bengal.
It is learnt that some CPI(M) leaders alleged during the central committee meeting that instead of supporting the CPI(M) during the critical situation at Singur and Nandigram, the CPI, the RSP and the Forward Bloc further instigated the turmoil by publicly hitting out against the CPI(M).
The CPI(M)'s stand on Singur and Nandigram just four days before the crucial Left Front meeting on April 7 here has caused a rift between the front allies and the Big Brother in the Left coalition.
The simmering discontent among the front allies led a senior front leader to say that the analysis of the CPI(M) on Singur and Nandigram completely nullified the understanding they reached with us in the Left Front meeting on March 17.
"Nevertheless, irrespective of what the CPI(M) politburo and the central committee thinks about Singur and Nandigram, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya has to adhere to the decisions arrived at the last Left Front meeting. His insolence act has tarnished the image of the Left Front and the CPI(M) has no right to fiddle with the image of the Left Front," said an angry RSP State Secretariat member Manoj Bhattacharya.
Ridiculing the CPI(M) for interpreting the clashes at Singur and Nandigram as only a political phenomenon, the front leaders said, "The CPI(M) was going through confusion and was trying to hide its mistakes and misdeeds in Singur and Nandigram by calling the whole thing a political clash. This is a traditional and unfortunate trend of the CPI(M) in the last 40 years".
The veteran Forward Bloc leader and State secretary Ashok Ghosh is disappointed about the CPI(M)'s stand adopted in the central committee meeting. However to prevent the confusion in the CPI(M) to infiltrate into the CPI, the RSP and the Forward Bloc, Ashok Ghosh also believes that the CPI(M) should stick to the resolution of the last front meeting on March 17.
Ashok Ghosh said that the front allies were not concerned about the way CPI(M) was looking at Singur and Nandigram. But it was more important that Left Front should function as a coalition and not under a single party. All government decisions should be routed through the Left Front and the core committee should meet often to discuss important issues and arrive at a consensus in all government decisions.
"The front leaders have categorically told the CPI(M) that Singur and Nandigram were land-related tensions. We desire that good sense and wisdom would prevail among the CPI(M) leaders too. However, it is also true that vested interests and reactionary forces took advantage of the situation to hit out against the CPI(M)," said Ashok Ghosh. "And in this land war, even the CPI(M) was divided from the middle there."
Being informed that few central committee leaders directly implicated the CPI for intensifying crisis in Nandigram by not cooperating with the CPI(M) has infuriated the CPI State secretary Manju Kumar Majumdar. Since Nandigram Assembly seat belongs to CPI, a section of the CPI(M) leaders believed that the CPI covertly worked against the CPI(M) in their fight against the reactionary forces.
"This is ridiculous. Such allegations are baseless. Why can't the CPI(M) accept the fact that they mishandled the situation and failed to read the sentiments of the farmers who did not want to part with their lands," Manu Majumdar argued.
In fact, Manoj Bhattacharya was more categorical when he said does the CPI(M) wants to say by pointing fingers at the allies that Buddha consulted them before carrying out the carnage at Nandigram.
"How can the CPI(M) make such allegations when their CM has publicly taken the responsibility for the Nandigram carnage. The CPI(M) should focus on real industrialisation and not the paradigm," said Manoj Bhattacharya.