Eye on the 2014 Parliamentary elections
statesman news service
KOLKATA, 5 Oct: Seeking to revive the party with an eye on the 2014 parliamentary elections, former state housing minister, Mr Goutam Deb today announced that in all, two lakh CPI-M activists will march to the new state secretariat, Nabanna in Howrah to meet Chief Minister Miss Mamata Banerjee after the Pujas. They will be armed with a list of the party men killed till date together with the number of party activists framed in false cases, incidents of police inaction,  those who have fled their homes and the number of partymen who have returned on paying fine to Trinamul Congress workers and also to question the chief minister&’s silence on Mr Narendra Modi.
A significant number of the activists who would be participating in this proposed march would be from North-24-Parganas where Mr Deb is based. The former minister said that the party&’s results in the recently held municipal polls have been satisfactory even in the face of the Trinamul terror. Though the CPI-M lost both the municipalities of Panihati and Habra,  Mr Deb felt that his party workers have done well. “We let the voters of Panihati see the lumpen elements of Trinamul preventing them from exercising their democratic rights,” he said.
But Mr Deb was almost caught on the wrong foot when he was asked what made his partymen leave the field clear for Trinamul in Burdwan unlike Panihati on the municipal election day. Endorsing the leadership&’s decision to stay away from the election fray on the polling day, he said that it was not possible for the Burdwan comrades to be on the field though many party stalwarts have emerged from this district in the past.
After a charge sheet has been given about Mr Deb&’s involvement in a housing scam, the former minister today said that the government made a profit of more than Rs 10 crores in the joint sector housing projects during the Left Front regime. On the other hand, the state exchequer has sustained a substantial loss in terms of revenue as the Trinamul government chose not to participate in these schemes.