Several Left Front constituents today criticised the leadership of its major partner CPI(M) for “compromising” Left unity by forging an “opportunist political alliance” with Congress in West Bengal.
The LF partners also questioned the comment of CPI(M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra that the LF-Congress alliance will continue in the future.
“We asked CPI(M) what did the Left achieve by forging an alliance with Congress? CPI(M) compromised Left unity by forging an opportunist political alliance with Congress. And it is yet to take lesson from the humiliating defeat (in the recent Bengal Assembly poll),” RSP state secretary Khsiti Goswami said after a stormy Left Front meet.
“The CPI(M) state secretary (Mishra) recently said that the alliance will continue. How can he make such an irresponsible comment without discussing the matter in the Left Front?
“There has been no formal alliance and who is he (Mishra) to decide on his own that the alliance will continue without discussing the matter in Left Front? We will not tolerate such big brotherly attitude in Left Front,” he said.
RSP suffered the highest casualty due to the Left-Congress alliance as it had to forgo most of the seats it used to contest for the last three decades.
CPI(M), especially Mishra, has been facing no-holds- barred criticism from a section of CPI(M) leaders and LF partners since the poll debacle for the decision to forge an alliance with Congress.
“In this alliance, the Congress has been the biggest beneficiary. They have become the main opposition party. Actually a section of CPI(M) leadership very well know that they are losing importance in national politics and that is why they wanted to remain relevant by forging a hasty and opportunist alliance with Congress,” Goswami said.
Other LF partners like Forward Bloc, CPI and RSP too lashed out at CPI(M) leadership for helping Congress candidates against the officially nominated LF nominees in seats where there were friendly fights.
Left Front won just 32 seats and Congress 44 out of the total 294 Assembly seats in the April-May election. Mishra himself lost from Narayangarh constituency in West Midnapore.
CPI(M) is all set to hold its state committee meet from tomorrow to discuss the poll debacle.