CPI (ML) Says Bengal Verdict Will Strengthen the Struggle to Save Constitution

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Dipankar Bhattacharya

Party’s General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya calls on Left supporters to see this victory as a powerful anti-fascist assertion

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI – Describing the West Bengal election result as “truly historic”, CPI (ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya on Sunday said that this clear anti-BJP verdict in West Bengal will greatly inspire and strengthen the struggle to save the Constitution, democracy, and the federal structure of India, and the diverse and plural Indian identity.

He also said that the narrow defeat of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the final announcement of Nandigram does not weaken the resounding nature of the verdict.

“This is a mandate by the people of West Bengal against the BJP’s aggressive and unscrupulous bid to conquer the state. BJP’s conspiracy to seize power in Bengal by massacre and intimidation of voters and through engineering defection, has been brought to a grinding halt,” said the leader of the CPI (ML) or the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation in a statement.

He described the verdict as a “resounding rebuff by the progressive and inclusive legacy of Bengal to the politics of bigotry, sectarianism and hatred. It is a strong assertion of the struggle for survival, dignity, and rights against the corporate plunder of people’s livelihoods.”

While congratulating Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress, Bhattacharya appealed to the broad Left supporters of the state to see this verdict as a victory of democracy and a powerful anti-fascist assertion by the people of Bengal. The Congress-Left Front leadership in Bengal must of course re-evaluate their stand in the light of this result. I hope the Trinamool Congress government in its third term will respect people’s aspirations and the fundamentals of democracy.

“The most urgent task for the people of the state and the country at this moment is to stand with people during the Covid-19 crisis, defeat the pandemic, save lives, and help Covid-19 affected people. The long-drawn-out election process has further aggravated the danger in West Bengal. The government and the society must come forward now to tackle the situation with single-minded determination,” said the CPI (ML) leader.

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