04 December, 2020

Curtains For The Congress

With the exception of West Bengal, where the Left won, the verdict of the states has been unanimous—anti-Congress and a drastic swing away from the parties in power

Curtains For The Congress
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Winning Becomes A Tired Habit

JYOTI Basu and his comrades have done it again. But the Left Front's joy in sweeping to power for the fifth time in a row has been somewhat marred by the Congress, which has posted its best ever performance since 1977. Of the 294 assembly seats in West Bengal—the Congress won more than 50. A feat that led PCC chief Somen Mitra to comment: "I feel satisfied but the tally would have been higher if we didn't have to put up with rifts on election eve." An obvious reference to Mamata Banerjee's melodrama about the lack of value-based politics and her threat to withdraw from the fray. While Mamata won by a large margin, the candidates—who she claimed had criminal links—also romped home.

In the Left Front camp, the mood is one of introspection. Says CPI(M) spokesman Anil Biswas: "We have lost more seats than expected. We shall have to analyse the results very carefully indeed." The Congress wind knocked off several prominent sitting ruling party MLAs and at least six ministers, four...

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