New Delhi: The CPI(M) today said the West
Bengal civic body polls showed that the Left Front has managed
to "partially arrest" its down-slide though it was not able to
reverse the setback suffered in Lok Sabha elections.
In an editorial in party mouthpiece `People`s
Democracy`, it said the result was a reflection of "urban
Bengal" and the Left Front was committed to undertake a
"serious introspection" of these results.
"During the Lok Sabha polls in 2009, which saw a
serious erosion in the Left vote, the Left Front had a lead in
525 of the 1,766 municipal wards in the state or 29.73 per
cent. In these elections, the LF has won 603 out of 1,791
municipal wards or 33.67 per cent.
"Hence, the situation now shows, at best, a marginal
improvement in the performance of the Left Front. Clearly,
therefore, the setback suffered in the Lok Sabha elections has
not been reversed but the down-slide appears to have been
partially arrested," the editorial said.
Out of the 81 municipal bodies, the Left Front won in
only 18 municipalities while Trinamool Congress bagged 26,
Congress seven and the anti-Left alliance four. While 23 are
hung, three have resulted in a tie.
Discounting media projection of the civic polls as a
semifinal to the Assembly elections, the party said it will be
"fallacious" to conclude that the results reflect electorate`s
mood as a whole.
The editorial said the Trinamool Congress has mounted
a "shrill campaign" for the dismissal of the state government
and the holding of early elections and it was "not only
patently undemocratic but completely irrational".
Noting that the results were only a reflection of
urban Bengal, the party said only 17 per cent of the 5.24
crore electorate was eligible to vote in the civic polls.
"This makes up for less than 40 seats in an assembly
of 294. The rest of the 83 per cent constitutes the rural
Bengal electorate or more than 250 assembly seats, which has
predominantly determined the character of the government in
the state in the past," it said.
The Left Front had in 2005 civic body polls won an
unprecedented 50 out of 81 municipalities but could lead only
in 19 during the Lok Sabha polls.
"The main reverses to the Left Front have come from
Kolkata and its adjoining urban areas. North 24 Parganas
district has 21 municipal bodies while Hooghly district has
"In 2005, the Left Front had won 26 of these 33
municipalities. This time Left Front has won only in 4 with a
tie in 2 municipalities. This is a serious matter that needs
to be properly reviewed in order to draw the correct lessons
and apply the needed correctives," it said.