The Left may have been defeated in the recently held Assembly elections in West Bengal, but its struggle had not come to an end, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat said here on Sunday.
“At this point in time we are threatened by negative reactionary forces ….Holding onto the successes of the more than three decades that the Left Front government was in power in West Bengal, we will have to carry our struggle ahead,” Mr. Karat said at a meeting of the State Committee of the CPI(M), according to a press released issued by the party.
A review of the results of the recently held elections was one of the main issues discussed at the two-day meeting, which concluded here on Sunday. A detailed review of the results will be finalised by mid-July.
“We knew that it would be a tough fight,” Mr. Karat said adding that the reasons why the people favoured a change will have to be analysed in detail.
“The Left Front has achieved historic successes in more than three decades that it has been in power. Not only for the party or the Left movement, this government has made an important contribution to the people of this country. In no way can this success be belittled, Mr. Karat added.
The political situation, functioning of the government, party organisation, the attack faced by Left supporters from political rivals, the canards being spread, the role of money and that of a section of the media featured in the discussions held over the two days.
Emphasising that there was a need for patience in the new political situation, State Secretary of the CPI(M) Biman Bose also emphasised that although the Left Front had lost the elections, “all is not lost.”
He also stated that 41 percent of the electorate, i.e. 1.95 crore people had voted for the Left Front, despite the losses that the Left suffered.
“We have faith in those who voted for us. Taking them along, we must win back the support of those who have not voted for us,” Mr. Bose said.
Several important decisions were also taken in the course of the two-day meeting. Senior CPI(M) leader, Abdur Razzak Molla, was nominated to be the Chief whip of the party in the State Assembly.
The West Bengal State Committee also congratulated the Left Democratic Front in Kerala for its performance in recent Assembly polls, although it may have lost with a narrow margin, faced as it was by many obstacles.
It was also decided that deputations will be submitted to local authorities against the violence unleashed on supporters of the Left parties. Initiatives to mobilise and engage people in educational institutions will also be undertaken.
The anniversaries of the imposition of the Emergency on June 25 and the Santhal Uprising of 1855 on June 30 will also be observed. Hindu