West Bengal politics has been changing very fast and a possibility of a greater alliance against the CPI(M) is getting brighter after massive set back of the Left Front, especially the CPI(M) in the recently concluded panchayat and municipal polls.
THE STATE politics in West Bengal
is fast getting momentum for a drastic change. Possibilities for a new ramification on the politics of alliance are getting brighter. The chances of upsurges of political untouchability are fading away very fast. The basic ideology of all the oppositions – big, medium or small parties stand on ’We are on the same boat brothers’, despite differences in colour, creed and ideologies. The sole target is ’Left Hatao- Finish off 32 years regime of corruption, nepotism, aggression and opportunism’.
In the renewed situation after much research and experiments, the political opponents of Left have realised that autonomous ideological politics will bear no fruit against a power like Communist Party of India-Marxists (CPI -M), which has gained strength from all corners in the last 32 years. Only a politics of conglomeration can find out a solution. The hardest hostility to the truth was the Trinamool Congress supreme Mamta Banerjee. Now she has also melted down a little. After formulating a political alliance with small opponents, including the Left parties like Socialist Unity Centre of India
(SUCI) and PDS, Bannerjee is now eyeing into larger alliance with Congress, leaving aside her reservations on Congress as the B Team of CPI (M). A section of Congress leadership under Semen Mira, once the enemy number one of Banerjee, has been holding ’cordial discussions’ with her for a greater fruitful coalition. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), though cornered in West Bengal and has been getting no positive response from Trinamool Congress, despite having cordial relationship once with Banerjee, is waiting at the doorstep for a mutual understanding.
Most importantly, a few Left parties within the Left Front have started sending positive indications of accompanying the conglomeration. This is more frustrating to the CPI (M), which had its Raja and omnipotence for years.
Trinamool Congress’s alliance with small opponents at the grassroot level has proved its success in the recent panchayat and municipal elections. CPI(M) has not only lost its stronghold to a great extent, but it has also lost its mass support to a great extent. This is a fresh threat to the party in power, which has already been facing a general bitterness from the non-committal voters.
Bitterness from within the party cadres and strong supporters is also evidenced in parts of the state. This is because their dream for a sustained positive rule did not succeed. A large part of them have remained outside the mainstream politics.
A feeling among the new generation voters also poses danger to the CPI(M) who has never seen any other party to rule. A strong feeling of the new generation for a better option helps the opponent to become stronger and weakening the ruling party. They are not convinced with the fact-file produced by CPI(M) on the corrupt reign of Congress in early ‘70s because they are not concerned.
The situation will continue to be on changing mode for the coming few months because there is no alternative. And undoubtedly, the opponent camp will gain more and more strength before the next state assembly elections in 2010, if not earlier. May be the Left Front will really retreat.
In such a situation the only question that would attract attention from all will be – Will everything be all right and will the new winners (opponents) be able to control the CPI(M)?