ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Left Front's Electoral Victory in West Bengal

Based on a field study of two constituencies in West Bengal, one rural and one urban, this article explores the social dynamics that have shaped the successive electoral victories of the Left Front in West Bengal. In the rural constituency, a particular alignment of class forces is still driving the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe people, who constitute more than 40 per cent of the population and are principally agricultural labourers, to support the LF. In the urban constituency, where the LF has been alienated from the working class quite some years ago, its victory in the assembly elections was more dependent on the division of votes between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress.

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