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CPM plan for districts

Calcutta, Sept. 11: The CPM has instructed its district units to submit reports on the “adversities” they are encountering in putting up candidates for the panchayat polls in the face of alleged Trinamul onslaught.

Sources said the party’s top brass was expected to discuss the reports at a two-day meeting of the extended state committee this Saturday.

CPM general secretary Prakash Karat, who will come to Calcutta on Friday to deliver a lecture on the birth centenary of late Communist leader P. Sundarayya, would also attend the two- day session, to be held at Promode Dasgupta Bhavan, they added.

“In many districts, our party is facing immense difficulties in selecting candidates for the next year’s rural polls. Our leaders and cadres there are being threatened by Trinamul goons against nominating candidates. So, we have asked our district units to send in reports on the adversities they are facing,’’ a CPM state secretariat member said.

“We will discuss the reports at the extended state committee meeting, where leaders from the districts will give their views on what should be our poll strategy,’’ the leader added.

The CPM leadership believes the state government would advance the panchayat polls from May to January next year after chief minister Mamata Banerjee asserted at the Trinamul martyr’s rally that the elections would be held after the Pujas.

Accordingly, the sources said, the party feels it will have to take stock of the organisation in the rural belts at the earliest and hence the convening of the extended state committee session this week.

A section in the CPM is of the opinion that it would not be “prudent’’ to field candidates in areas largely affected by Trinamul terror. The other section feels that “shying away” would mean handing over thousands of seats to the rival party.