20 September, 2020

Moral Guardians?

A corrupt PDS sets a Left bastion aflame

Moral Guardians?
The wheel has come a full circle in Bengal. Four decades ago, the Left led what was called the 'food riots' in the southern districts of the state. The protests, sparked by an acute shortage of food, marked the beginning of the end of Congress rule. In a dramatic reversal of fortunes, the Left Front government in Bengal now faces outrage over non-availability of commodities supplied through the public distribution system (PDS), which has been undermined by endemic corruption.

What started as small bush fires in the impregnable red fortresses of Burdwan, Bankura and Birbhum districts has now become a raging conflagration that has singed swathes of at least ten of the state's 18 districts and sent shock waves through the CPI(M), besides offering opposition parties another issue to harry the government with. What's worse for the Left, the riots against fair price shop dealers, who are mostly CPI(M) members or supporters, are only spreading and increasing in intensity.

Trouble was first reported from Bankura district's Radhamohanpur...


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