ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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PSU DISINVESTMENT-Narrow Perspective

in successive elections, rural Bengal has been providing the necessary support to the Leftists" (June 1, 1993, translated from the original in Bengali), Brilliant though the success is, the Left Front and the CPI(M) suffered some significant setbacks too. The opposition Congress(I) increased its tally in terms of both seats and share of votes. More, the BJP for the first time opened its account in local elections by bagging over 2,000 gram panchayat seats and securing a majority in one of the municipalities in the suburbs of Calcutta, The movement of the basic masses in political terms behind the distribution of seats given above becomes clearer in the shift of votes. The share of left votes declined by nine percentage points from 72 per cent in the last round of elections held in 1988 to 63 per cent this time; the CPI(M)'s share dropped by eight percentage points from 66 per cent to 58 per cent. The CPI(M) and the Left Front have never in the past suffered a negative shift of votes of this dimension.

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