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West Bengal- CPI(M) S Industrial Policy

THE virtual unanimity with which Jyoti Basu's industrial policy of wooing MNCs and Indian big business houses was ratified by the recently held West Bengal state conference of the CPI(M) may not necessarily be a truthful reflection of the party ranks', and for that matter periphery's, real sentiment about the matter. This is strongly suggested by the party leadership's preoccupation with the issue all through the conference, including and up to the mass rally held at its conclusion. In addition to Basu himself and his two cabinet colleagues who moved and seconded the resolution endorsing the industrial policy, the party general secretary EMS Namboodiripad and two other leading members of the politbureau had to speak in defence of the policy one after another in the state conference. The same issue also constituted the main theme of the speeches of the leaders at the mass rally.

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