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RUSSIA-Protest Vote

by peevish counter-allegations of 'Congress conspiracy to discredit theCPI(M)'-abogey which no longer works in West Bengal. What is more obvious to the people in the state is the CPl(M)'s attempt to protect the guilty. To take an example, the Bowbazar bomb blast in Calcutta in 1993 exposed links between an underworld don and a leading CPI(M) leader who patronised him a fact confirmed by both local public evidence as reported in the press, and police records at that time. But after a lull in public pressure, the CPI(M) state leadership managed to get the guilty politician exonerated and rehabilitated in the party. The same year, the then information minister Buddhadey Bhattacharya of the CPI(M) resigned from the government. It was again an open secret that Bhattacharya had quit because of his unhappiness with the moral degeneration of his party a fact which he shared with his confidants in the press which publicised it. But soon after when Bhattacharya was turned into a hero by the West Bengal Congress which wanted to exploit the issue in its campaign against the Left Front government Bhattacharya turned around and rejoined the government. His critics accused him of recanting for love of ministerial power.

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