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A Relatively Fair Party?

This is with reference to the article “Nothing Succeeds Like Success in West Bengal” by Rajat Roy (EPW, 28 May 2016). Besides other arguments, Roy has tried to attest two more propositions to provide the rationale behind the Trinamool Congress’s (TMC) victory. One, the absence of any alternative force, and two, the question of corruption.

The stance of choosing an “alternative party” is already one that is an extinct phenomenon in the political culture of West Bengal. For instance, in the 2012 West Bengal assembly election, the people cast their vote promptly for the TMC, and the incumbent Left Front government, led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist)—CPI(M)—suffered a great defeat after a 32-year regime. The random stamping on the TMC symbol by the people of West Bengal was not an act of voting for an alternative party, but a clamour for release from the CPI(M)’s atrocity (Nandigram), hoodlumism, single-party control on society, fierce arrogance, and so on. The elections were in pursuit of a “relatively fair party,” rather than the choosing of an astute alternative. In fact, there is no alternative force.

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