This was Left Front’s worst performance in the past four decades. In 2011, LF had bagged 62 seats. But in 2016, the party won only 32 seats of which the CPI(M) got 26 seats followed by RSP with three seats and Forward Bloc and CPI got two and one seats respectively.
Party insiders said Suryakanta Misra was not going to be spared by the Central Committee.
Misra went out of his way and convinced the leaders of the central committee during the party plenum held in the city in January that people had wanted the alliance and it would be historically wrong if the party did not honour their demand.
But in reality the party did not receive a single letter from any party worker pleading for the alliance. As a matter of fact, there were posters criticising the alliance on the walls of Alimuddin Street. The leaders were smart enough to remove them to hide the reality from the comrades of other states. Misra is party’s only state secretary who fought the election.
He shared dais with Congress leader Manas Bhuniya and had said that the alliance would get 200 seats. His predictions were far from reality and he lost the election battle. RSP leader Manoj Bhattacharya on Friday criticised the CPI(M) and said that the alliance with the Congress had led to the disaster. People did not like Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s sharing of dais with Rahul Gandhi did not go well with people.
“In 2011, Left Front was defeated, but in 2016 Left ideology has been defeated,” he remarked.
From Bhattacharjee’s statement it was quite clear that the Left Front meeting would be stormy and CPI(M) leaders would have to answer to the allies.
The arrogance of CPI(M) leaders was evident when they supported Congress candidates against nominees of Lest Front partners in several seats like Alipurduar.
The hobnobbing of CPI(M) leaders with the Congress was not liked by Left Front partners but they had to swallow their spit because of the big brother. But as the CPI(M) had faced disaster, the Left Front partners have decided not to spare the leaders as it might lead to the split of Left Front.