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WEST BENGAL-Grass Roots Realities Confront Left Front

Grass Roots Realities Confront Left Front Essenjit WEST BENGAL, one of the world's last few surviving communist outposts, is not yet crumbling, but the leading party, CPI(M);is obviously worried, and in months to come, may face further downhill movement of its popular vole banks. Adept in mock fights with the Congress, a party which was deviod of any popular leader for the last two decades, the Left Front will now have to gear itself up for a real battle against the BJP and the Trinamul Congress (TC) led by the firebrand Mamata Banerjee. Within a short space of less than two years, the CPI(M) has had to suffer a virtual rout in one of its important citadels, Dum Dum, where the BJP's state unit president Tapan Sikdar won by a huge margin of over 1,42,000 votes. Interestingly, the Left Front has trailed behind in eight assembly segments comprising the parliamentary constituency. In the Satgachia assembly segment the TC got about 1,300 votes more than its CPI(M) rival. This assembly, segment has returned Jyoti Basu, the chief minister.

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