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

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WEST BENGAL-New Political Wind

WEST BENGAL New Political Wind IF the three-day mass satyagraha by CPI and the massive rally and demonstration by CPI(M) and its Left allies in the first week of October were only tentative indications of new political currents in post-election West Bengal, the more recent disturbances at the Prime Minister's public meeting at Darjeeling, followed by a bandh the next day, have con finned the fact of a major change in the political climate of the state. A further significant sidelight on the situation was the fact that the language agitation in Darjeeling was led by a multiparty committee on which the representatives of CPI and CPI(M) sat side by side. The rather low key public reactions of the administration and the ruling party to the unexpected turn of events in the cool heights of the Himalayas moreover signify a measure of caution on their part, unfamiliar since the return of Congress to power.

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