To mark the 200 years birth day celebration of Karl Marx ~ who developed the theory of communism ~ the Darjeeling district CPI-M on Saturday adopted a resolution to take out a rally at Naxalbari, famous for Naxalite-Maoist insurgency, on 8 May protesting against the present political state of affairs led by the Trinamul Congress in West Bengal.

The Darjeeling district CPI-M secretary Jibesh Sarkar said: “Apart from the political parties belonging to the Left Front, other Left and democratic organisations will join the rally protesting against present political attitude of Trinamul Congress that has “killed” the democracy in West Bengal.”

Citing some examples from the Calcutta High Court, regarding the State Election Commission’s atrocious roles to conduct panchayat elections, Mr Sarkar said: “Trinamul Congress under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee still grabs an elected civic body controlled by other political parties by blackmailing its elected members.”

“Despite that effort, the Trinamul Congress would not be able to capture Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad (SMP), controlled by the Left,” he claimed.
Notably, a senior CPI-M member and elected SMP member Chhatan Kisku recently joined the Trinamul Congress.

Party may reconsider Mr Kisku’s decision to come back if he apologies before the people, party’s district secretary Jibesh Sarkar said.

Speaking on the matter Siliguri Mayor Asok Bhattacharya said: “We have selected Naxalbari since we have a strong base there and both the Trinamul Congress and the BJP have targeted to keep control over Naxalbari area.”

“Trinamul Congress could not show better results in any elections in Naxalbari since it comes to power.”

As a result the ruling party, with the help of the police, is trying to make its support base there by blacking leaders belonging to other political parties,” Mr Bhattacharya said, adding, “People have determined to start protesting against the present politics of Trinamul Congress.

Time has come and it’s a beginning of its end though Mamata Banerjee is tactfully trying hard to keep the BJP in safe mode so that she can retain in power in West Bengal.”