Kolkata, March 12: Unprecedented things are taking place in Left Front, and CPM to be precise. The choice of candidates haven’t gone down well with the party comrades and a few them protested outside the party office at Alimuddin Street which bothered former chief minister of West Bengal, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to no end.
The former chief minister even lost his cool while slipping into his car. He shouted “go back home”, reminding them that “such things do not happen in our party”, according to media reports available. The 50-odd comrades had gathered outside the party headquarters to air their reservations about the party’s move to award the Bhatpara Assembly constituency in the North 24 Parganas.
Bhattacharjee reportedly raised his hand just outside his car and told that such demonstrations won’t help as these things don’t happen in the communist party. “That’s not our culture, you all go back home. If you have any grievance, please give it in writing,” he was quoted as saying. (Also Read: West Bengal Assembly Elections 2016: Former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee not to contest this time)
The party leadership, along with Bhattacharjee highlighted the party’s “essential difference” with the ruling party in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress, where the voice of dissent are aired recklessly in front of the party leaders.
But there are people in the Red brigade too who think CPM needs a more democratic approach while choosing candidates for the Assembly Elections 2016 due next month. “There can always be dissenting voices. So, rather than driving out disgruntled cadres, it’s better to hear them out. That will usher in more democracy in our party,” a CPM leader was quoted as saying by a Kolkata daily.
However, the protests continued even after Bhattacharjee left the scene and the agitators were called inside the party headquarters and it is learnt that state secretariat Rabin Deb, in the presence of CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra, gave them a patient hearing for about 10 minutes following which the agitators left.