The huge turnout at rallies in recent times are too early yet to be touted as extremely positive signals for the CPI(M) or Left Front in the run-up to the potentially make or break panchayat elections in the state, the party central leadership has cautioned.
Speaking on the second day of the ongoing central committee meeting on Friday, top party leaders opined that although displeasures are erupting in several pockets over the functioning of the state government, there is no reason to believe that the growing voices of dissent over the ways of the Mamata Banerjee government would likely translate into votes or a positive electoral harvest for the Left in the ensuing rural polls.
According to party sources, national general secretary Prakash Karat cautioned that mere evidence of the Left rallies drawing huge numbers just lately shouldn’t yield to a sense of complacency in the ranks. Karat sought to impress on key charges in the state committee to keep the momentum going and continue regular protests and agitations with full vigour.
According to party insiders, state CPI(M) secretary and Left Front chairman Biman Bose made it amply clear during deliberations that despite perceived resurgence in the recent weeks, the chances of Left returning a fair harvest in the critical panchayat elections still appeared remote. He said that the Left might even have to give up on hopes of fielding candidates at certain pockets in the face of sustained political violence allegedly at the behest of the ruling party.
However, despite the top bosses not voicing much optimism with regard to the party’s chances in the rural polls, sources said that there remains a strong possibility of the party faring a lot better than the near washout in the 2011 Assembly polls.
Karat, said the sources, further opined that with both the Congress and the BJP on slippery grounds in the national political scene and apparently at pains to shore up public support in the run-up to the next general elections, the left Front led by the CPI(M) should look to exploit the current situation to their advantage and mobilise a robust agitation against both the anti-people policies of the Congress-led UPA-2 and the communal politics of the BJP.
The party general secretary also stressed on the need to build greater coordination with other non-Congress and non- BJP forces in the country. However, he ruled out the possibility of resurrection of a national alternative or third front at this moment. The issue of the forthcoming assembly elections at Tripura, the only Left- ruled state in the country at this moment, was also covered extensively during deliberations.
In a related development, CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury visited ailing party comrade and MLA Abdur Rezzak Mollah in hospital on Friday.