21 January, 2021

Hammer The Sickle

Trinamool and BJP in race to poach CPI(M) leaders and loyalists

Photographs by Sandipan Chatterjee
Hammer The Sickle
outlookindia.com
2020-11-13T17:30:21+05:30

For long, a clutch of CPI(M) loyalists, leaders and legislators in West Bengal faced a stark choice: stay on for the sake of the party or soothe a bruised ego and embrace the ghost of an alternative grudgingly. Once the state’s largest political party, it has now no representation from Bengal in either houses of Parliament. There is no assembly constituency that can be called a ‘safe seat’ for the party. The party has been conceding a precipice of defeats and every election looks like skirmishes that are more about putting up the appearance of a fight than producing results. Then the hawks swoop in and the flight takes off.

On October 16, Rafiqul Islam, a CPI(M) MLA, joined the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), arguing that Mamata Banerjee’s party was the best bet against the increasing influence of the BJP in the state. His loyalty shift happened after five sitting and former MLAs of the CPI(M) alleged over the past two months that they were approached by the TMC, but they turned down the offer.

Keen-eyed political observers could notice the...

unsub

THIS ARTICLE IS PRICELESS...

To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.


More from Snigdhendu Bhattacharya


Latest Magazine

January 25, 2021
content

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section