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- Left worried about Modi’s party ‘luring away’ cadres

Calcutta, June 18: The Left in Bengal is swearing by the Communist Mamatafesto.

After taking to heart Mamata Banerjee’s advice of being visible by test-firing the missile on its inventor, the Left Front today paid attention to a warning the chief minister had sounded — watch out for the BJP and fight the “common enemy”.

The Left Front leadership today said it was “worried” about the BJP “luring away our cadres” and dubbed the trend “unfortunate”.

Left Front chairman Biman Bose told a news conference after a meeting at Alimuddin Street to take stock of the post-Lok Sabha poll scenario: “We briefly reviewed the situation in the districts after the elections. What we have gathered is that the BJP is luring away our cadres and supporters in many districts. They are telling our men that the Left has no future and so our activists should join the BJP. This is a matter of worry and concern for the Left.”

Bose, also the CPM state secretary who had offered to take responsibility for the poll drubbing, spoke of “reports” that some cadres were crossing over to the BJP. “If that happens spontaneously, we would not have anything to say. But if our cadres are being lured or forced to join the BJP, that’s unfortunate. We condemn this act of the BJP,” he added.

During a meeting with a Left delegation headed by Bose at Nabanna on June 9, Mamata had advised the Marxists to keep their house in order as the BJP was eating into their support base rapidly.

According to a Front leader, many Left cadres have switched over to the BJP in West Midnapore, Hooghly, Birbhum, Burdwan, Bankura and some parts of north Bengal.

“In most of these districts, Left activists at the panchayat level are joining the BJP. This is particularly so in places where our cadres are being targeted by Trinamul,” an RSP leader said.

According to Left Front chairman Bose, the BJP is doing what Trinamul had done after coming to power in 2011 — “harassing our cadres and forcing them to join them”.

The Left will stage a three-day dharna at Esplanade beginning on June 25 to protest “Trinamul threats and intimidation”.