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Bose plan questioned

Calcutta, Aug. 27: CPM state secretary Biman Bose today faced uncomfortable questions from some district leaders for suggesting a “direct movement” against the Trinamul Congress at a time cadres were deserting the Left in droves.

The district leaders questioned the effectiveness of such a confrontation with the government and the ruling party, particularly when thousands of leaders and cadres had been rendered homeless and were allegedly facing attacks from Trinamul.

A source quoted North 24-Parganas leader Nepaldeb Bhattacharya as saying at a special state committee session in Alimuddin Street, called to plan the movement: “Comrades are deserting the party after failing to cope with Trinamul terror. Now you are asking us to organise a direct movement. Will it work?”

Two other prominent district leaders — Amal Halder of Burdwan and Samik Lahiri of South 24-Parganas — echoed Nepaldeb Bhattacharya.

Calcutta-based CPM leaders have often been criticised for not visiting the districts to stand by cadres, who a section in the party believes bear the brunt of Trinamul attacks.

Despite the opposition from Halder, Nepaldeb Bhattacharya and Lahiri, the CPM state committee endorsed the direct movement, which is likely to include organising law-violation programmes, courting arrest and taking out rallies. The movement will be organised across the state from September 11 to 15.

“Bimanda talked about a direct movement against Trinamul…. His suggestion did not go down well with some district leaders. They asked whether it would be the correct strategy when the organisation had been pushed to the wall because of Trinamul terror,” a CPM state committee member said.

Politburo member Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was present at the meeting.

This evening, the CPM issued a media release saying the party would organise a string of meetings at the block level as part of the movement.