01 November, 2020

Hour Of Penance

Buddhadeb will have to pay for the party's poll debacle

Hour Of Penance
"He had a different image when he first became the chief minister of West Bengal (in 2001)," a CPI(M) insider confided about Buddhadeb Bhattacharya on conditions of anonymity. "He was more or less unanimously agreed upon as the chief ministerial candidate after Jyoti Basu not because he was close to the former CM but because being a soft-spoken and culture-loving sort of man, he was perceived as someone who could be projected as a people’s leader." Eight years and nearly two terms later, Buddhadeb is a changed man. The buzz in the CPI(M) is that he may be a liability in the 2011 assembly elections.

A senior party leader has this to say: "It was difficult for some of us to accept the arrogance of the last couple of years (when Singur and Nandigram happened) when he actually said things like ‘blow them away’ while discussing ways to tackle obstacles and opposition to industrial projects." It is clear—regardless of what the party’s official stand may be—that there are enough of those within the CPI(M) who hold Buddhadeb responsible...



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