CPI-M got alienated from people in Bengal: Mahasweta Devi

Noted Bengali writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi on Thursday said a major reason for the rout of the CPI(M) in West Bengal Assembly polls was the party`s alienation from the common man.

Last Updated: Jun 02, 2011, 21:29 PM IST

Thrissur: Noted Bengali writer and social
activist Mahasweta Devi on Thursday said a major reason for the
rout of the CPI(M) in West Bengal Assembly polls was the
party`s alienation from the common man.
The people, who gave a resounding mandate to TMC leader
Mamata Banerjee as an alternative to 34 years of Left rule,
expects that the new government would deliver,she said.

"CPI-M had lost its contact with the common man, on whose
support the party had ruled West Bengal for long. This was
the main reason for the drubbing it received in the assembly
polls," Mahesweta Devi told reporters here.

"It was a total failure on many fronts including power
generation, industrialisation and irrigation. Electricity
supply outside Kolkata was virtually nil and kerosene was also
beyond the reach of the rural people," she said.

It was against this backdrop that people of West Bengal
found an alternative in Mamata Banerjee who led the Trinamool
Congress alliance to a landslide victory, she said.
Asked how she saw the narrow defeat of the LDF in Kerala
in comparison to the rout in West Bengal, the writer said the
same factors might have worked here also. But she added that
she was not sure about Kerala`s political situation.

Mahesweta Devi was here to attend a function organised to
commemorate eminent Malayalam novelist Kovilan, on the first
death anniversary of the writer.

PTI