CPI(M) will make a turnaround: Buddhadeb

Marginalised in the West Bengal Assembly elections and criticised by allies for the Left Front`s defeat, former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Tuesday said his party, the CPI(M) will make a turnaround.

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2011, 21:57 PM IST

Kolkata: Marginalised in the West Bengal
Assembly elections and criticised by allies for the Left
Front`s defeat, former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Tuesday said his party, the CPI(M) will make a turnaround.

"We must bring change in state politics. We are
prepared to fight against all odds. It will be absolutely
wrong, if the new government thinks it will be able to
dominate us. We will make a turnaround," Bhattacharjee said.

He said that the party was keeping watch on
developments in the Darjeeling hills and junglemahal and other
areas and would react at an appropriate time.

Thousands of party workers were rendered homeless
after the declaration of election results following violence
by the ruling Trinamool Congress, he alleged at a rally to
protest violence against party workers and the hike in price
of diesel, kerosene and LPG.

He blamed the Mamata Banerjee government for failure
to contain the violence against party workers despite repeated
requests.

Demanding that party offices `captured` by Trinamool
Congress be returned, he alleged, "Trinamool Congress workers
are doing this in connivance with the police.

"Even share-croppers and patta-holders are not allowed
to cultivate their land by ruling party workers."

Criticising the increase in prices of petroleum
products, Bhattacharjee said that this had resulted in hike in
prices of all essential commodities.

"Despite our protests, the Centre remains indifferent
and no steps have been taken," he said.

PTI