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Updated: January 22, 2012 23:10 IST

CPI(M) needs to rectify its mistakes, says Buddhadeb

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Former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
Former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee

“Trinamool government leading State to the brink of disaster”

It is not enough for the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the State to merely “admit” its mistakes; they have to be “rectified” if the party is to win back the support of those whom it had alienated which had resulted in a change in government in West Bengal, the former Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, said on Sunday.

“We will have to identify our wrongdoings when in government … some sections of the people felt there were excesses which will have to be stopped. We will have to cleanse the party to be able to return to becoming a party that the people expect of us. If we have lost the support of some people it is because of our mistakes which need to be corrected,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said at the open session of the CPI(M)'s Hooghly district conference at Rishra.

Even as he spoke of the on-going process of re-evaluation within the party, Mr. Bhattacharjee lashed out at the Trinamool Congress-led government “which has led the State over the past eight months it has been in power to the brink of disaster.”

The danger was most evident in the agricultural sector, where agrarian distress — a consequence of the State government dismantling the procurement machinery set up by the previous Left Front governments to purchase crops from the farmers — was leading them to commit suicide in different parts of the State, he said.

“The government is sleeping; it even denies the suicides … How can we stay silent when 24 farmers have already taken their lives? It has to explain why it is not purchasing paddy from the farmers, endangering the very future of the rationing system,” he said.

Calling for a fresh “farmers' movement” in the State, he asked whether the developments in the agrarian sector reflected “the change that had been promised by the government.” Farmers and sharecroppers were being evicted from the land given to them by the past Left Front governments while at the same time CPI(M) workers were being hounded out of their villages as part of an ongoing political vendetta, he alleged.

“The signs are clear. They [the Trinamool] are attacking us as they are aware that if they can weaken us they can step up their attacks on the farmers.”

He was also critical of the State government for its “failure” to perform in the industrial sector and “not being able to set up a single factory since it came to power.”

As for Singur, from where the Tata Motors relocated its small car project in October 2008 in the face of a Trinamool-led agitation, he said “the people will judge what could have happened there and what its future is now.” “No factories have been set up there since; neither has there been any cultivation,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said.

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