The sudden downpour adopted by squalls tore the Ganashakti show on a roadside wood board at Raja Subodh Mullick Square in central Kolkata.

Ganashakti is the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). The concept behind displaying it on the wood boards throughout the streets in Bengal is to attract the consideration of those that can’t afford to purchase the vernacular day by day. This follow has been occurring for a long time.






Named after Subodh Chandra Basu Mallik – who was a freedom fighter, industrialist and philanthropist, the street junction witnessed main political actions throughout the Independence motion.

Back to the lane, Subodh Mullick Square, septuagenarian Sashi Mukherjee, a retired instructor, shouldn’t be happy with the sudden downpour. He curled up his wrinkled nostril that was holding a pair of thick, foggy glasses and struggled to piece collectively the torn a part of the Ganashakti along with his ageing fingers to study the CPI(M)’s upcoming plans.

Hardcore CPI(M) supporters like ‘Sashi da’ might not have appreciated the rain which tore the Ganashakti signal however many in the celebration really feel that it’s a sign of a robust comeback of the Left Front in Bengal.

Though, in response to many political observers, it is going to be a near-impossible activity for them to grab the corridors of energy in the 2021 Bengal polls, the Left events led by the CPI(M) have managed to clean away the tag of ‘insignificant’ in the state’s politics.

In the previous two years after reopening of all the celebration workplaces, the resilience of the Left Front has been felt in Bengal as the cadres are actively concerned in numerous social welfare schemes with participation of youths in organising neighborhood kitchens, free ration and vegetable markets, protected housing, distribution of kits to college students for research and garments to the poor and needy.

Among many social welfare initiatives, now the Left has arrange Rs 50 well being clinics and protected homes for the poor who can’t afford costly medical care amenities in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

Speaking to the Information18.com, CPI(M) legislature Sujan Chakraborty stated, “Our ideology is to work for the welfare of the people. Our country is passing through a huge economic and pandemic crisis and the poor people are the worst affected. There is no governance in Bengal and therefore we started nearly 700 Shramojibi Canteens (community kitchens). The response is very good.”

On plans for the future, he stated, “Now, we are coming up with health units across the state where people can avail the facility by paying a nominal fee of Rs 50. Dr Faud Halim who is also a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is looking after the whole project. He has already started a Rs 50 dialysis facility for the poor. I am sure this healthcare unit will be a great relief for the people, when the state hospitals are overburdened with medical cases.”

The CPI(M) has transformed almost 30 celebration workplaces into protected houses for poor individuals who don’t have further room at their dwellings for quarantining in case of Covid-19 an infection.

But Chakraborty complained that they don’t seem to be getting help from the state authorities in operating these protected homes.

“To run such safe houses, we need permission from the state government, but unfortunately we are not getting any support from them,” he added.

Dr Faud Halim, who’s supervising the Rs 50 well being clinic mission, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections however misplaced to chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee. His father, Hasim Abdul Halim, was Bengal’s longest-serving meeting speaker who died in 2015.

Dr Halim’s five-bedded hospital which is hooked up to his Dr Md Ishaque Road home in Kolkata has already turned out to be a boon for many who want dialysis each day. His hospital has 9 dialysis machines and he solely prices Rs 50 per dialysis.

Only poor folks used to go to his hospital however since the lockdown started, even these from the center class are visiting him to avail medical amenities with their monetary scenario turning precarious and plenty of shedding jobs.

Nowadays, the communist events are additionally focusing extra on social media campaigns as a substitute of wall graffiti and fiery handwritten posters.

Many consider that the CPI(M)’s agency footprint on social media platforms is a bid to stave off its looming irrelevance in the nation’s political spectrum.

“Allow us to know you better. Are you interested in working with the CPI(M) on a digital platform? If as an individual you want to be a digital volunteer, please fill up this form (link to website) with required details,” reads a round issued by the CPI(M).

“This has become very important nowadays when other parties are aggressively moving ahead with the digital plan. Soon after the previous assembly polls, the presence of the Left had dwindled but now slowly one can see that they are on the roads. Maybe their numbers are less but their presence is there across the state,” political professional Kapil Thakur stated.

“In the previous Lok Sabha polls, the Left Front’s vote share was 7 per cent, but I think in the coming assembly polls the vote percentage of the Left Front will increase significantly. This is very significant because the rise of the Left Front means trouble for the BJP.”

While explaining extra, Thakur stated, in all the 294 meeting constituencies, if the Left Front-Congress mix manages to grab almost 30,000 votes every, then it is going to be a bonus for the ruling Trinamool Congress. “If not, then it will favour the Bharatiya Janata Party,” he stated. “The reason is most of the Left votes went to the BJP as the TMC’s vote share was more or less the same. So, any significant gain in voting pattern towards the Left then it will go against the saffron brigade.”

A close look at Hooghly’s Khanakul, Basantapur in Arambagh, and Barasat and Duttapukur in North 24 Parganas reveals that not only CPI(M) party offices were reopened but the ‘comrades’ are working extensively for the people’s need through donation collected from door- to-door campaigning.

In Cooch Behar, the CPI(M) managed to reopen its party offices at Dinhata’s Nigamnagar, Bhetaguri and Pilkhana areas. The BJP performed creditably in North Bengal in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and the rise of the CPI(M) in Cooch Behar, Alipurduar and Siliguri could be a problem for the BJP in retaining his vote percentage.

In Bardhaman, Howrah, Bankura, Purulia, Jhargram, Malda, Dinajpur, South 24 Parganas and Birbhum also the Left Front managed to re-enter party offices with plans to regain people’s confidence.

Despite being in power for seven consecutive terms from 1977 to 2011, the Left Front – after Mamata Banerjee came to power – was hardly a force worthy of notice in West Bengal.

Once steered by strong leaders like Muzaffar Ahmad, Jyoti Basu, Hashi Dutta, Kamal Sarkar, Samar Mukherjee, Abdullah Rasool, Nirod Chakraborty, Mahadeb Saha, Anil Biswas, Pramode Dasgupta and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, all the Left Front constituents were struggling to find their political space in the state.

The extent of the crisis was alarming and forced them to go for an alliance with the Congress to stay afloat in the state politics.

But now one can witness communist flags in most parts of Bengal.

“The young comrades are playing a crucial role in bringing the Left back on track. It will be foolish to overlook them in the context of the current political situation in Bengal. Maybe their presence looks minimal in front of TMC and BJP, but it is going to be significant considering the upcoming assembly polls because the Left is certainly going to increase its vote share,” Thakur said.

Presently, the CPI(M) and Congress are going forward with a ‘heterogeneous composition’ to contest towards the Trinamool and the BJP in the 2021 meeting polls in Bengal.

In the 2014 parliamentary polls, the CPI(M) managed to win solely two seats in Bengal, after ruling the state for 34 years.

In the 2011 meeting elections, the Left Front’s vote share in the state was 39.6 per cent and the BJP’s was round four per cent. In 2016, the Left Front’s vote share dipped to just about 26 per cent and the BJP’s elevated to just about 11 per cent.

Similarly, in the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP’s vote share elevated from 6 per cent in 2009 to 17 per cent in 2014. On the different hand, the Left Front’s vote share dipped from 42 per cent in 2009 to round 30 per cent in 2014. In 2019, it decreased additional by 7 per cent.

Presently, the CPI(M) and Congress are going forward with a ‘heterogeneous composition’ to contest towards the Trinamool and the BJP in the 2021 meeting polls in Bengal.


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