PTI / Thursday, January 19, 2012 19:26 IST
KOLKATA: CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat has alleged that the Trinamool Congress-led government in West Bengal is bent on undermining the success achieved by the Left Front in land reforms and in the three-tier panchayat system.
"West Bengal carved out a niche for itself in the Panchayeti Raj and land reforms initiated in 1978 and it was the role model in the entire country, which is sought to be be undermined by the present Trinamool Congress government," Karat said in an interview to CPI(M) daily 'Ganashakti'.
Karat said that the Trinamool Congress would not be successful and would face "stiff resistance" if there was any move by it to undermine the LF's success in land reforms and in the panchayat raj system.
Claiming that West Bengal was adjudged 'best' among states in the implementation of land reforms and panchayati raj system, Karat said, "This was considered a role model for all other states and it was an acknowledged fact".
"If the Trinamool Congress government dares to spoil all our efforts aimed at benefitting farmers and villagers, there will be a mass resistance," the CPI(M) general secretary said.
Commenting on the 'attack' on the CPI(M) and other Left parties ever since the Trinamool Congress came to power, Karat said, "This government's oppressive and suppressive nature has been exposed to the people."
"During the Left front rule, no democratic movement came under attack from the police which has been common in both Congress and BJP-ruled states. This is a new phenomenon in West Bengal. But people will come forward and resist any oppressive acts of the government," he said.
The CPI(M) general secretary said that the Left Front had captured power in the state in 1977 through democratic movements 'which was maintained all through its 34-year rule'.
About the Left parties' prospects in five states going to Assembly polls, Karat said, "The Left force will try to improve its position."