‘Not contesting polls shows Mamata`s weakness’

Last Updated: Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 20:14

New Delhi: The decision of Trinamool
Congress chief Mamata Banerjee not to contest the West Bengal
assembly polls reflects her "weakness", a top CPI(M) leader
said on Saturday.

"If the Trinamool leader says she cannot contest from
a constituency, then she is reflecting her weakness,"
Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said here.
He was asked to comment on Banerjee declaring that she
would not contest the upcoming assembly polls because she
cannot be identified with a single constituency in West Bengal
and she has to keep the interest of the entire state in mind.

"The role of a leader should be to contest on his own,
win his own seat and lead the party to victory in the entire
state," Yechury told reporters on the sidelines of the CPI(M)
Central Committee meeting.

He said the state units of West Bengal and Kerala
would meet next week to take a final call on the candidates as
well as the party`s election manifesto.

"In both these states, there are Fronts (Left Front in
West Bengal and LDF in Kerala). The state leaders will have to
speak to the other partners of these Fronts before the list is
finalised," Yechury said, adding that seat adjustments would
also be finalised with other parties which were part of these
Fronts.
His senior colleague from West Bengal, Biman Bose,
said the state party would shortly announce the manifesto in
Kolkata.

About his statement that several new faces would
figure in the candidates` list of the Left Front and some old
ones would be dropped, he said, "If new faces come in, it is
natural that some old faces have to go".

Politburo member and West Bengal Minister Nirupam Sen
said the issues of price rise and corruption and "the UPA
government`s policies responsible for these growing attacks on
people`s livelihood" would figure in the CPI(M)`s poll
manifesto.

The issues facing agriculture sector, employment
generation and industrialisation in state, which had seen the
Tatas moving out its Nano project to Gujarat due to Trinamool
-led protests, would also find a prominent place in the
manifesto, he said.

Asked about the poll prospects of the Left Front, Sen
said, "Though it is a big challenge, the situation that is
emerging now is favourable to us".

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 20:14

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