ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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WEST BENGAL- CPM s Tactical Gains

JUDGED by short-term indicators, CPI(M) has scored a number of tactical successes. At least in the city of Calcutta, as the last elections showed, it has largely succeeded in blurring its image as a party of brutish murderers, which its opponents had been able to project with telling effects with the aid of powerful mass media. The murders of the veteran Forward Bloc leader Hemanta Basu and the Congress MLA, Nepal Roy, which were fastened onto this party With an air of' conclusiveness, have been revealed to have been the doings of others closer to CPI(M)'s enemies. Even the major newspapers which are all bitterly anti-CPI(M) have come out with a series of reports exposing the tie-up of the perpetrators of violence with ramifications in the police force and even in Congress(R). Thus, The Statesman was constrained to write editorially:

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