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Why Support Mamata?

It is with a certain sense of trepidation and misgiving that I have been watching your decision to support Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress in order to oppose the misrule of the criminal and corrupt CPI(M)-led Left Front government. Your backing of Mamata Banerjee has sinister implications and bodes ill for West Bengal politics.

Let me explain my stand on the present situation in West Bengal, and clarify the points raised by me above. I strongly feel that the CPI(M) must not only be ousted from power in West Bengal, but politically exposed on the national scene as a party that does not deserve to be called leftist any more. It has built up a wealthy party bureaucracy that sustains itself on the support of a well-organised gang of armed “party-cadres” (goons and extortionists known as “harmads” in West Bengal). As evident from its policies as a ruling party in West Bengal and Kerala, it has given up the cause of the poor and the commitment it made in its party programme to establish a “People’s Democratic State”. The CPI(M) today has, therefore, reduced itself to a party that is irrelevant to the cause of socialism and the democratic movement in India.

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