Featured Image: Surjya Kanta Mishra at the Left’s anti-power tariff hike rally in Salt Lake on Thursday.
Kolkata, 10 September: CPI-M Bengal state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra has called for a tie up with all “democratic forces” to take on the Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress government.
The call has once again hinted at the possibility of an alliance between the Left Front and the Congress for the 2016 Assembly polls in Bengal. CPI-M leader Gautam Deb had been talking about such an alliance for the past few months.
“We shall have to forge issue based unity with all democratic forces and individuals in the movement against the autocratic and anti-people government of Mamata Banerjee. We shall have to look beyond the existing Left Front and find out individuals or groups even in parties like Congress,” Mr Mishra said while addressing an anti-power tariff hike public rally at Salt Lake on Thursday.
This came on a day the Kolkata district unit of the Left Front announced a march to Lalbazar police headquarters on 1 October against the alleged police bias in favour of the ruling Trinamool Congress.
The CPI-M state secretary also said that now on, the Left Front would speak to the Trinamool government “in the language that it understands”, signalling at an aggressive agitation over the next few months.
“This government (of Mamata Banerjee) does not understand the language of dialogue and negotiations. Hence, now on we shall have to become apt in the language that the government understands best,” he said adding that the state power minister Manish Gupta did not give time to receive a memorandum against power tariff hike in Bengal.
“But let me caution Miss Banerjee that time would come when you would want to talk to us but we might not have the time to listen,” Mr Mishra said while addressing the rally organised in front of the state power distribution company’s office on the concluding day of the Left’s two day anti-power tariff hike agitation.
A similar public rally and agitation were organised in front of Kolkata’s Victoria House headquarters of the CESC, the private company that supplies electricity in Kolkata and some adjoining areas. The Left has threatened a bandh in Kolkata after Deepavali if the power tariff hike is not rolled back by then.