Mamata has not done anything for people
A member of the CPI(M) central committee, the Bengal secretariat and the Rajya Sabha, Shyamal Chakraborty has always been much more than a leader of the CITU. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.kolkata Updated: Apr 03, 2011 15:51 IST
A member of the CPI(M) central committee, the Bengal secretariat and the Rajya Sabha, Shyamal Chakraborty has always been much more than a leader of the CITU.
He is one of the think tank members who are now charting the campaign route for the 2011 Assembly polls.
Your party and its partners forced the first UPA government to adopt pro-people policies like NREGA and even stopped denationalisation of banks and PSUs. But after you withdrew support from the government has Mamata Banerjee emerged as an alternative to the Left in Bengal?
Marxists frame their policies with a long term vision and not for short term gains. India did not suffer an economic meltdown just because our economy was protected and we did our best to ensure that. Mamata Banerjee is not playing that role. In Delhi she supports all anti-people policies of the UPA in exchange for her support to the Congress here. It's a deal for political gains.
But why did you fail to retain the popularity you enjoyed before the Assembly polls in 2006?
There are several reasons. First, we were too hasty with acquisition of land at Singur which triggered off a political crisis in Nandigram. Second, highhanded attitude of a section of the cadre turned people against us. Third, all the anti-Left and imperialist forces planned a well coordinated attack against us. Fourth, the Sachar Committee report was projected by the Opposition and the media as one that focused only on Bengal and not the whole country. This mislead the religious minorities.
How do you assess Mamata Banerjee's role as a messiah of the masses?
She has not done anything for the people. She opposed land acquisition for industries but herself acquired land for railway projects under a draconian act of 2008 which does not even permit a land loser to file appeal in court.
She kept silent when the Union cabinet passed so many legislations that went against the people, for example 10% hike in tax on readymade garments and hosiery products which can leave thousands of people jobless in Bengal.