Kolkata: The ruling Left Front has been
alienated from the masses in West Bengal because its politics
degenerated into an instrument which doled out government
largesse, Forward Bloc said on Tuesday.
"Although the Left Front government has implemented
land reforms giving land to the landless and other benefits in
the initial years, the focus has been shifted to a policy of
give and take in many respects with the passing years,"
Forward Bloc general secretary Debabrata Biswas said.
The Forward Bloc, a key constituent of the ruling Left
Front, had earlier criticised the state government for "not
carrying forward" its much acclaimed land reforms.
The comment came a day after senior party leader Ashok
Ghosh criticised the Left Front`s land acquisition policy in
Singur, saying the Tatas had to pull out because of the
"curse" of farmers.
Biswas told reporters that his party was opposed to
the use of money and muscle power in election by either the
Left or the Opposition.
He also criticised the "stringent restrictions"
imposed by the Election Commission, including the use of cars
by political parties.
The EC should take steps in view of the Maoist call
for boycott of elections, he said.
Biswas said that a large number of his party workers
were still homeless following the incident in December last
year when seven local Forward Bloc leaders and workers were
gunned down by suspected Maoists in Jhalda area of Purulia
"We urge the Election Commission to see that steps
were taken to facilitate return of the homeless to their
homes," he said.