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

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EUROPE-End of Grand Design

using Mamata Banerjee as a stick to beat the CPI(M) with. Such expediency may one day come home to roost. Mamata Banerjee, as is well known, is pursuing a so-called 'Bengal line' of her own which aims at an alliance with the BJP in order to oust the Left Front government from West Bengal. Thanks to this line, the BJP managed to gain quite a number of seats in the recent panchayat elections in the state with the support of the Congress. The long-term implications of the entry of avowedly communal forces in the electoral politics of West Bengal after one- and-a-half decades of Left rule should be understood by the politically conscious Bengali middle class

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