Calcutta, Sept. 22: The CPM’s move to pull out of the Burdwan and Chakdah municipal elections yesterday alleging rampant rigging by Trinamul will make the rank and file think the organisation is tottering, sources quoted a section of the leadership as saying.
CPM insiders said several leaders, including a state secretariat member, have already voiced their discontent to CPM state secretary Biman Bose and former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee saying the Left party stayed put in the Panihati municipal polls even in the face of alleged Trinamul manipulation and rigging.
“Several leaders of our party, and more importantly a state secretariat member, have said the move to withdraw would not augur well for the organisation. Rather, it would send the message to the grassroots workers of the CPM that we have given up organisationally in Burdwan and Nadia,” a CPM leader said today.
Another CPM leader said the party stayed put in Panihati because it fared “better than expected” in several areas of North 24-Parganas in the panchayat elections.
According to an Alimuddin Street source, the CPM district secretary has told Bhattacharjee that the decision to withdraw was in contrast to the former chief minister’s call to party workers not to leave the ground amid Trinamul terror and anarchy.
Asked about the resentment, Burdwan CPM secretary Amal Haldar said participating in yesterday’s election would have meant a “threat” to the lives of many party workers.