“Time to turn things around in West Bengal”
KOLKATA: Asserting that turning around and reaching out to those who might have misunderstood the Left was imperative for taking the leftist movement forward in West Bengal, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said here on Friday: “There is no going back.”
Addressing the memorial meeting of Subhas Chakraborty, the State Transport Minister and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader who died here on August 3, Mr. Bhattacharjee said: “There is no alternative to the Left in West Bengal. It is time to turn things around.”
Several prominent Left leaders paid tribute to the memory of Subhas Chakraborty, who was described as a leader of the masses. Two senior leaders of the State Congress leadership were also present.
“We believe that socialism is inevitable. We believe that the future of India does not lie in the hands of either the Congress or the Bharatiya Janata Party. It lies with the Left,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said.
Pointing out that a “peculiar” political situation had risen in West Bengal “with the Left on one side and a strange combination of forces of varied beliefs and colour on the other,” Mr. Bhattacharjee wondered “what change” the Opposition was talking about.
“What do they want to change? Do they want to change things to lead the State in a rightist direction? If so, the people will never accept it,” he said.
Biman Bose, Secretary of the State Committee of the CPI(M), said imparting renewed vigour to the Left movement was the most apt tribute one could pay to Subhas Chakraborty.
Recalling the role he played in inspiring mass movements in 1971-72, Mr. Bose said a similar zeal is necessary to “counter the chaos and unrest being incited by a desperate Opposition in the State.”