statesman news service
KOLKATA, 21 JUNE : "The Left Front regime was not free from crime, but now criminals are running the state and the chief minister is speaking their language," former chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said today.
He was addressing a meeting at Promode Dasgupta Bhavan on the occasion of the foundation day of the Left Front set up way back in 1977.
"Panchayat elections must be held but the state government is trying to run these rural bodies with bureaucrats," the former chief minister said. "This step will destroy the democratic rights of the  people," he added. 
The tone of self criticism was echoed by Left Front chairman Biman Bose  when he said: "There were areas in the front regime which were not faultless."
The panchayat polls were not far off the front chairman’s mind and he said: "Even today police entered former minister Mr Narayan Biswas’s house in South Dinajpur without a search warrant and ransacked it. Some of our party activists have been arrested from Gangarampur party office without a warrant."
Continuing in the same vein, veteran CPI leader Mr Manju Kumar Majumdar said: "We had given some relief to the people during the front regime but could not bring about any fundamental changes in their lives."
"We had our share of lacuna and failed to realise that our political adversaries had merely been defeated in elections but had not weakened," he added.