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Updated: May 5, 2011 01:36 IST

West Bengal on way to forming eighth Left Front government: Buddhadeb

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Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
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The people of West Bengal are well on their way to forming the eighth Left Front government in the State, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said here on Wednesday.

Four phases of the on-going Assembly polls in the State have been held in which victory for the Left Front is certain. That victory for the Left Front is “inevitable” has been made clear in the polling held so far, he said in a press release.

The final two phases of the elections in the State are due on May 7 and 10.

It is in this situation that propaganda is being carried out in various ways to break the morale of Left workers. The setting up of an “imaginary Trinamool Congress ministry” is being publicised to influence a section of the electorate in the next two phases of the polls, the Chief Minister observed.

Such attempts were made by those opposed to the Left in the past too, but they proved futile. “It is our firm belief that this time around also, the people of West Bengal will break through this web of lies and ensure victory for the Left Front which is inevitable,” Mr. Bhattacharjee added.

His press release came on a day when a Bengali daily printed a lead story saying that a “confident” Mamata Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress chief, has even considered a list of probable Ministers of the next government with herself as Chief Minister.

There is also mention in the news report of not just who is to be the next Speaker of the State Assembly and Chairman of the Vidhan Parishad once it is set up, but also of who is take over as the next Railway Minister. It even mentions Ms. Banerjee's choice of the venue and date for the swearing in of her Ministry.

Asked by a local Bengali television channel whether she thinks that the Trinamool Congress may have got the required number of seats to form a government, now that polling in four phases was over, Ms. Banerjee said that given the spontaneity evident during polling, it was her belief that the people had hope and faith in her party.

Though she was prepared to accept the democratic verdict of the people and that there had been elections in the past where her party had lost, Ms. Banerjee said that any decision on who would be in her Ministry, in the event of the Trinamool Congress coming to power this time around, would be decided only “after the elections are over.” “Our party is very disciplined”, she added.

The kind of malign campaign launched by the leading media barons against the LF government are quite natural which one can find for himself/herself from the archives of those newspapers for the last 40! years and even more. What is unprecedented is to satisfy the owners/employers how much low the journalists can stoop to! the falsehood, political blindfold of the so called free journalists will be etched in the memory of the people for quite a long time. Regarding the advances of Gujarat I would advice to pl refer to one book 'Agony of West Bengal' written by a noted journalist of Hindustan Times, Ranajit Roy which would clearly show how from the very Independence the State of West Bengal even under the stewardship of Congress stalwart Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy the state was been neglected by the Central Government on all aspects even in the Central Government budgetary allocation. Despite such stepmotherly attitude West Bengal has risen up like a phynix. Pl refer to the Central government statistics on crop production, life expectancy literacy and other heads. Just do your homework before churning the cliched opinions.

from:  shouvik mukhopadhyay
Posted on: May 8, 2011 at 16:00 IST

There is a first time for everything. The strategy of the Left this time around to malign the Central Govt and the opposition party have created negative census among the people for the Left. They think that because there is no issue for Left to speak for they are highlighting those issues which does not hold any credibility and is not a issue for an assembly election. Also the remarks by our beloved CM of 'korte hobe' even after 34 years clearly highlights their inefficiency in the last 34 years where Gujarat (no wonder why Left hates this state) has flourished and has gone far ahead in just 15 years.

from:  Tanumoy Talukder
Posted on: May 6, 2011 at 00:48 IST

If one goes by the past records and results of WB assembly polls, the results this time too are likely to favour the LF. The multiple corruptions and political contortions plus the recent Purlia revelations rocking the UPA at the centre of which TMC is a part, seems to be going to upset Mamata's APPLE CART.

from:  s.m. kulandaisami
Posted on: May 5, 2011 at 10:25 IST
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