The weak organisation of CPI(M) was once again exposed on Thursday when the party failed to field polling agents in most of the booths in Nandigram.
With the passage of time CPI(M) leaders have realised that the pump given by a section of vernacular press and television channels about their returning to power by defeating Trinamool Congress has lost much of its steam and the ground reality is that the false wind created by the media has not reached rural populace.
Not only in Nandigram where the last day of six phase poll was held on Thursday, CPI(M) could not give polling agents in a large number booths in Hooghly and South 24 Parganas where elections were held on April 30 and in North 24 Parganas where it took place on April 25.
This proves that the party’s rural base which was its real power has eroded so badly that it even failed to find polling agents. Admitting the party’s organisational weakness, Abdul Kabir Sheikh who is fighting against Subhendu Adhikari of TMC in Nandigram said the party had failed to inspire the workers. He alleged that TMC workers had gone door to door threatening youths not to work for CPI(M).
Brushing aside this allegation Subhendu Adhikari said there was no base of CPI(M) in the area anymore.” They should have asked us to supply polling agents and we could have obliged them,” he maintained. The massacre of the people of Nandigram by police and criminals backed by the CPI(M) which took place on March 14, 2007, almost a decade ago is still fresh in their minds. Women were raped by the CPI(M) backed goons and children were beaten up. Fourteen bodies were recovered. The state government had issued an order to acquire land in Nandigram.
After the incident when reporters asked the then Home Secretary Prasad Ranjan Roy that whether the Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya was aware of the firing, Roy had replied that he knew about the firing. Within a fortnight Roy was transferred to the higher education department from where he retired. The people of Nandigram do not want to bring back those days where gun trotting criminals used to torture them and police looked the other way.
Similarly, in Hooghly CPI(M)’s real hero was Anil Bose who made Arambagh, Goghat and its neighbourhood, a red bastion. Election was not held in these areas. After coming to power Trinamool Congress has increased its organisational strength in Hooghly.
The development work became palpable which led to the final collapse of CPI(M)’s organisation. The situation is so pathetic that the party had to open its office in Arambagh with the help of police.
“The CPI(M) has become obsolete and after May 19 their place will be in museum with fossils,” said Adhikari.