Faulty planning behind Left`s debacle: Buddhadeb

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has admitted that lapses in planning process, especially in land acquisitions, were responsible for Left Front`s poor performance after the last Lok Sabha polls.

Updated: Jun 21, 2010, 21:56 PM IST

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has admitted that lapses in planning
process, especially in land acquisitions, were responsible for
Left Front`s poor performance after the last Lok Sabha polls.

"We have identified certain lapses in planning process
and now we are alert, particularly about land acquisitions. It
is imperative we protect fertile lands and set up industries
only in barren lands," Buddhadeb said.

In an interview to CPI(M) daily `Ganashakti` on the
occasion of 33rd anniversary of Left Front rule in the state,
the chief minister said the last Lok Sabha poll mandate was an
exception to the Left Front`s successive seventh return to
power and the same trend was discernible in later elections
too.

"Henceforward, we have to be more sincere in determining
prices of land to be acquired for industrialisation and the
rehabilitation of its owners. We must correct lapses in such
areas where poor people might have been neglected due to poor
performance of panchayats and state administration."

He said the government had to be more sincere about
development of minority communities.

Buddhadeb admitted that the CPI(M)`s image had been
tarnished due to "undesirable functioning" in some areas of
the party organisation.

"This needs to be corrected fast and we have taken
decisions to that effect," Buddhadeb, a senior CPI(M)
politburo member, said.

PTI