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Inaction led to loss: CPM

Calcutta, July 27: The state CPM leadership has identified the “inaction” of the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government and the Left’s “long” stint in power as key reasons for the Assembly poll debacle.

“The Left government’s pro-working people priority and image were damaged. There was discontent among the people about some areas of development because of the weaknesses of the government. Lack of co-ordination and inaction was evident. All these gave negative results. The lacunae were not fully corrected,’’ the CPM’s review summary of the polls states.

Identifying the “long tenure” of the government as another reason for the defeat, the report says: “It negatively affected the party.’’

A CPM state committee member said by “administrative inaction”, the party leadership had referred to the former chief minister’s “shoddy’’ handling of the Singur, Nandigram and Darjeeling issues.

Former minister Gautam Deb had publicly said the administration should have pulled down Mamata Banerjee’s dharna stage in Singur. The Left government had taken no action to quell the protests. “Because of the inaction, Mamata got breathing time and her agitation gathered steam. The Tatas cited this as the reason for moving out of Singur,’’ the leader said. He said similar inaction in Nandigram had hurt the Left. “The government allowed the Nandigram agitation to flourish. The head of our government was turned into a villain. Our government became a lame duck.”

The report mentions “organisational lapses” as another reason for the defeat.

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