Monday, August 26, 2013

Primary Review of West bengal Panchayat Polls in CPIM State Committee

CPI(M) West Bengal State Committee in its meeting on 22nd August while reviewing the results of the just concluded panchayat election, was of the view that wherever elections could be held combating the fear of arson, atrocity or  domination, maintaining intimate relationship with the masses, results for the Left Front has been favorable. The meeting held in Abdul Halim Hall in Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan was presided over by Politburo member Nirupam Sen. The meeting was attended by party’s general secretary Prakash Karat who called for continuing the struggle for maintaining democracy, combating the attacks of the Government. It also took a decision to launch movement on a regular basis on the necessary demands of the people. Party’s State Secretary while giving  his concluding speech spoke of the immediate organizational work and the programmes to be taken.

Prakash Karat spoke on the decisions taken in the just concluded Central Committee meeting. He said economic condition is deteriorating in a rapid and grave pace. Movement will be launched across the country on the issue of price rise, unemployment, food security, wage, land etc. Central gathering will be held in the state capitals on alternative policy. It shall start with the Chennai gathering. Emphasis shall be paid on country-wide campaign against communalism. In this context with other secular parties a central convention is being arranged in Delhi.

In a statement issued by the state committee on the just concluded Panchayat Election, it was pointed out that the Panchayat elections have been held amid wide spread violence in the rural areas. The Government turned it into an undemocratic process right from filing of nomination to withdrawal, campaign to election process and counting. People’s verdict has not been properly reflected. Even after this the ruling party is continuing with its path of violence, arson to capture the Boards. The Left Front and the party cadres have risked their lives and fought bravely to combat the attacks perpetrated throughout the election on them. Specially many new cadres who have joined as worker or supporter have faced the challenge very bravely. State Committee congratulates all these members, supporters, sympathizers and the democracy loving people.

It said in the release that review work is on but primarily it has been found that due to violence candidates could not be filed in 5206 Gram Panchayat, 782 Panchayat Samity and in 8 Zila Parishad seats. Even after filing of nomination in 2176 seats candidates have been compelled to withdraw. Barring one district, the ruling party totally captured 3834 booths and partially captured 2309 booths and has practiced rigging ruthlessly. At the time of counting leaving four district it has been found that in 1486 Gram Panchayat, 363 Panchayat Samity and 58 seats in Zila Parishad rigging have been practiced in the counting centres or results have been turned the opposite way and have been captured by the TMC. In spite of all these the percentage of votes captured by Left Front in 16 districts is 37.97%. TMC have got 43.03%. The Left Front got more than 40% votes in 4 districts, 37-40% votes in 6 districts.

The state committee also noted the rampant use of money power by the TMC in these elections. In the analysis of the results of the election, along with the political situation, the organizational weakness of the party, weakness in maintaining mass contact, weakness in running panchayats has also been pointed out. At every level of the party more detailed analysis of the results will be done

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