Section of state CPM not happy with support for Gopal Gandhi

19 Jul 2017

A section of the CPM in West Bengal is not happy with the Central leadership for backing combined Opposition Vice-Presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who had criticized the role of the party during the height of Singur and Nandigram stir when he was the governor.
The decision to support Gandhi's candidature has not gone down well with a large section of state committee members and grassroot leaders, some of whom have expressed their anger in the party forum and some have taken to the social media to express displeasure. The disgruntled leaders referred to Gandhi's opposition to 'forcible' land acquisition in Singur in Hooghly district for setting up a Tata Motors small car factory and Nandigram anti-land acquisition movement. They even went to the extent of describing him as "partisan to Trinamool Congress". "We really have no idea what our party leadership is up to. First, they decided to forge an alliance with the Congress and now they decide to support Gandhi," a CPM state committee leader told news agency PTI on condition of anonymity.
"How can the party forget the partisan role played by Gandhi between 2006 and 2009? This is absolute madness in the name of stopping the BJP. The party is digging its own grave," the leader felt. Another senior CPM state committee leader, who had vehemently opposed the alliance with the Congress in the last Assembly polls, said: "Last year our party leadership told us to forget about the neo-liberal policies and atrocities committed during Emergency by the Congress and instead align with it to stop the TMC and the BJP." "Now we have decided to forgive Gandhi in order to stop the BJP. Next year the party might even ask us to forgive the TMC and align with it to stop the BJP," he said with his tongue firmly in cheek. Defending the decision of his party's top brass, CPM politburo member Hannan Mollah told the news agency that certain decisions were taken with an "eye on a bigger perspective" irrespective of the anger and heartburn that they might generate.
"There might be anger or reservations about the decision. But these are collective decisions taken in our central committee and politburo. At times it is not about forgiving someone, but about taking a decision with an eye on a bigger perspective. Now the biggest enemy of the country is the RSS and the BJP, so in order to stop them we had to support him (Gandhi)," Mollah told PTI. Similarly, CPM state secretariat member Nepaldeb Bhattacharya said: "Those who are criticising the party's decision are doing that keeping in mind the Bengal perspective. They may be right from their point of view. But if you think about a pan-India perspective, you will come to see that the party has taken the right decision."