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

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Coal India s Modernisation Programme

contesting about 61,000 out of the total of 64,000 panchayat seats. To resolve the disunity among the Front partners, a five- point principle was formulated over the distribution of seats. But it is now found that the principle was disrespected in many cases by the CPI(M), Forward Bloc and RSP. The constituents could not came to an agreement in fielding candidates for as many as 25,000 seats and as a result the CPI(M), the Forward Bloc and the RSP have all set up their party candidates against one another. The Left Front chairman, Saroj Mukherjee, also the secretary of the West Bengal unit of the CPI(M), admitted that "the area of disunity over the distribution of seats among the Front partners this time was much larger than in the last panchayat polls". In Cooch Behar district the Front constituents

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