03 December, 2020

Resurgent CPI-M Eyeing Better Results In 2021 Assembly Polls, But Why Is TMC Happy?

In a state grappling with twin punches from COVID-19 and cyclone Amphan, the red hammer-and-sickle flag flies with confidence in every district of West Bengal.

Resurgent CPI-M Eyeing Better Results In 2021 Assembly Polls, But Why Is TMC Happy?

A blizzard of coronavirus is blowing over West Bengal, with    a patchwork of lockdowns speckling the state. Even so, sseveral citizens, like the state’s political grandees, have their sights trained on next year’s assembly polls. Kader Mollah, a 40-year-old carpenter, waits for the doctor’s summons at the end of a corridor in the Ronald Ross building of Calcutta’s SSKM hospital. A resident of the Sunderbans, Mollah shifted his allegiance to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) a few years ago from the CPI(M)—a common migration. The fate of the 2021 state polls, he says, hinges on one question: “Whether 20 per cent of the Left’s vote that shifted to the BJP in 2019 returns to the Left, or at least half of it.”

While it may not be the only factor, it surely is a key one; a reason for the TMC to ensure that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) opens its off­ices everywhere—premises that were destroyed or taken over after the Trinamool came to power in 2011—and organises rallies. “In our area, the...



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