ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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WEST BENGAL- Rising Tempo of Faction Fights

WEST BENGAL Rising Tempo of Faction Fights IN the heat of organisational elections, the simmering factionalism in West Bengal Congress broke through all inhibitions. Mutual recriminations in the press, demonstrations and counter-demonstrations, raids on party offices by rival groups, not to mention the three court injunctions secured by aggrieved party members, marked the rising tempo of the factional battles as preparations for the party polls went ahead. Though Chief Minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray has ultimately succeeded, working overtime on inter-group mediations to the considerable neglect of his administrative duties, in hammering out an agreed list of candidates for uncontested election in all but a few areas, it does hot herald healthy inner-party relations in the coining period. Different factions will be retaining their representation in the newly-elected bodies more or less proportional to their strength, with only an increased animus against their rivals and a greater incentive for factional manoeuvres in view of the current speculations about an impending reshuffle of the cabinet. In some Congress circles there are even whispers about the possible replacement of the present Chief Minister by another member of the Union Government.

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