Rectification campaign not properly implemented in Bengal: Bose

New Delhi: Reeling from the defeat in civic elections in West Bengal, the CPI(M) on Saturday said its state unit has not properly implemented the rectification campaign initiated by the central leadership after the debacle in Lok Sabha elections last year.

"We have not been able to implement the total programme as of now. We are not able to implement it properly. We need to move towards proper implementation," party state secretary Biman Bose told reporters here.

He said the party will continue its work in this direction and efforts were on to develop close relations with public there.

After the setback in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the CPI(M) had initiated the rectification campaign aimed at eradicating wrong trends among the cadre and leaders and setting the house in order.

Asked about Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's demand for early polls in Bengal, Bose said "some people were trying to judge the whole by observing a part of it".

He contended that only 85 lakh people out of a total of over five crore electorate were eligible to vote in the recent civic polls.

On the elections being dubbed as a semifinal to the Assembly elections to be held next year, he said, "those who participates in elections are not sportspersons. This is not a match".

He said the CPI(M) will play the role of a "creative opposition" where-ever the party is in opposition.