Ahead of 6th phase, CPI(M) leaders urge party workers to stop working for BJP
Kolkata: In a desperate bid to stop the CPI(M) rank and file from voting in favour of BJP, the party's leaders have appealed to them to work for Left Front nominees.
Recently, party higher-ups received the information that some cadres and local leaders were helping BJP candidates in seats where Front partners are contesting in the polls.
It may be mentioned that for quite some time, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has alleged that CPI(M), BJP and Congress are working hand-in-hand against Trinamool and her apprehension seems to have come true now.
"Do not vote for BJP candidates to counter Trinamool and do not repeat the mistake we did in Tripura," said a veteran CPI(M) leader at a meeting in the North Kolkata Lok Sabha seat on Thursday.
The matter came to the limelight after the bosses in Alimuddin Street got the information that in the past five phases, in many areas the party's rank and file have helped the BJP contenders.
As a matter of fact, local CPI(M) leaders had supplied polling agents in many booths where BJP could not field its polling agents, in the seats from where Front allies were contesting.
In the sixth phase, CPI candidates Biplab Bhattacharya and Tapan Ganguly are contesting from the Midnapore and Ghatal Lok sabha seats, while Bir Singh Mahato is contesting from Purulia. Election in these seats will be held on Sunday.
In Keshiari, Dantan and Midnapore areas, which are said to be CPI(M) strongholds and fall under the Midnapore Lok Sabha seat, party leaders apprehend that the rank and file will work for BJP and supply the election agents for the saffron party.
Similarly in Ghatal and Purulia Lok sabha seats, local CPI(M) leaders have engaged the whole engineering machinery in favour of the BJP candidates.
Leaders in Alimuddin Street reportedly got the information that in Burdwan East and Burdwan-Durgapur seats, where election was held on April 29, many party supporters had voted for BJP candidates.
A veteran CPI(M) leader apprehended that in the first phase, when election was held in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar, some party workers might have voted for BJP candidates as in both the seats, Forward Bloc and RSP candidates had contested.
In South 24-Parganas, RSP workers alleged that they practically did not receive any help from the CPI(M) workers who are working for the BJP candidate. Subhas Naskar of RSP is the candidate from the Joynagar (SC) seat, where election will be held on May 19.