New Delhi: Thirty-three years in power in West
Bengal appeared to have got the Left Front "swollen-headed"
and the "debacle" in the civic body polls was a message to
improve oneself, CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said
Analysing the civic body election results, Bardhan
acknowledged there was an alienation between the cadre and
people and anti-incumbency factor played a role.
"They (Left Front) have to improve themselves. They have
been too long in power. Maybe they got swollen-headed...
because of that they have got alienated. Perhaps some sort of
bureaucratism crept in. All these things were very clear," he
told a TV channel.
His critical remarks came when he was asked what was the
message given by the people of Bengal to Left Front through
When asked whether the Left Front has stopped being
democratic, Bardhan said, "I must say that has been so."
Further asked whether he thought that Left has become arrogant
he said, "may be, democracy in behaviour, in practice, in your
relationship is very important."
Out of the 81 municipal bodies, the Left Front won in
only 18 municipalities while arch rival Trinamool Congress
bagged 26. Congress bagged seven and the anti-Left alliance
four. While results to 23 are hung, three have resulted in a
Asked whether the poll results were a verdict on the
33-year rule of the Left Front in Bengal, Bardhan said it was
anti-incumbency factor. "It seems even if you work for
people... development... that is not enough," he said.
Noting that it was a "very big defeat" and that he would
use "debacle" to describe the verdict, he said, "you have to
be with the people. You have to be among the people. You have
to be sensitive to the people."
Bardhan said he had feeling whether it was CPI or CPI(M),
it seems that there has been "a sort of an alienation" between
cadre, activists and people.