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Buddha turnout caution

Howrah, Feb. 20: Former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said huge turnouts at public meetings were no guarantee of people’s support, cautioning CPM cadres against complacency after the Left Front’s “impressive” rally at Brigade on February 9.

“Holding huge rallies cannot guarantee you people’s support,” the CPM politburo member told party workers at Anil Biswas Bhavan in Howrah.

Referring to a massive road show he led before the 2011 Assembly elections in Howrah town, where the CPM eventually lost all four seats, Bhattacharjee said: “So, we find that a big public gathering is not synonymous with popular support. We will have to mix with people at the grassroots and go door to door.

Bhattacharjee today also referred to Narendra Modi, calling the BJP’s face a “dangerous one”. He also ridiculed Trinamul’s move to join hands with Anna Hazare.

The Left’s Brigade rally, where the crowd ranged between six lakh and 10 lakh, was being seen as a morale booster for the organisation before the Lok Sabha polls.