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CPM is going through rough patch in its bastions

NEW DELHI: CPM never had it so bad in two of its traditional bastions. A comrade Suhrid Dutta from West Bengal is in jail for his alleged involvement in a girl's murder in Singur while K Venugopal faces a vigilance probe for allegedly accepting Rs 1 crore as bribe in Kerala.

Between these two extremes, the party had big differences with CPI during the anti-encroachment drive in Munnar, Kerala.

Amidst all this, the party's central leadership remained silent or reacted only when the situation went out of hand. Except for veteran Jyoti Basu who called the CBI anti-Marxist, not a single senior leader has opened up. Even when forced to react, they have either toed the Basu line alleging the CBI — which is probing the Singur case — is working at the behest of Congress or claim nothing would come out against Dutta.

But the panic has set in. Privately senior leaders admit these are not good times for the party. For instance in Bengal, they say, just when it looked that the controversy over Nandigram and Singur had blown away came the shocking revelation about CPM zonal committee head Dutta being allegedly involved in the murder of a girl. If all this is not enough, the names of some senior leaders are doing the rounds as being the mastermind
in the murder.

Explaining the central leadership's silence, a senior leader says, "After being in power for three decades, the West Bengal party unit, especially those at the ground level, do not see politics as CPM espouses at the Centre. The state leadership feels holding on to power comes with a certain price which can be best dealt by them without any interference from the central leadership. They have grown too big."


posted by Resistance 7/16/2007 03:10:00 PM,


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