Left Front needs 'ruthless self-introspection': RSP

Kolkata: A day after the ruling Left Front observed 33 years of uninterrupted rule in West Bengal, a senior leader and minister today said it has lost touch with the people who wanted change, while a key partner criticised the CPI(M).

"The Front has remained in power for long. Now, people want a change. Earlier, only a handful clamoured for change in the guard. Now the demand has become widespread," RSP leader and PWD Minister Kshiti Goswami said while calling for "ruthless self-introspection".

Goswami, who has criticised Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his party the CPI(M) on earlier occasions, said, "We must find out why we are becoming unacceptable to the people. Front activists right, from leaders to the workers, will have to analyse the reasons."

Stating that it was immaterial whether the Left Front returned to power in coming assembly elections, he said, it was more important for Left parties to continue their struggle for social change.

"They are carrying out their struggle in many places in the country where they are not in power. Therefore, it is no cause for disappointment," he told reporters.

Veteran AIFB leader Ashok Ghosh speaking at the 71st foundation day of the party said, "Left unity cannot be forged only by passing resolution in Alimudding Street (state CPIM headquarters) or by occasionally convening a Left Front meeting at the district level. Left unity has to be strengthened from grassroot level to the top."

Speaking in same vein, party All India general secretary Debabrata Biswas said, "We have to sit together, not only in Alimudding street, but in the districts. We have to reach out to the people through struggle."

Stating that 33 years of uninterrupted rule had gradually led to deviations and lapses among the Left workers, he said his party has identified the weaknesses and has taken steps to strengthen the organisation.

In an obvious reference to the defeat of the Left Front in successive elections in the state, Ghosh said both the LF and LF government had to jointly implement programmes for the people.