Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Sums up Discussion on LF Government
Time has come to fight back. Battle is not over. CPI (M) can bring the democracy back in West Bengal, stated CPI(M) Polit Bureau Member Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee while summing up the discussion on the Draft of “The Left Front Government in West Bengal: Evaluation of an Experience” in the 24th Conference of CPI(M) West Bengal State Committee at Pramode Dasgupta Bhavan, Kolkata.
In his summing up speech Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee started the discussion saying that Polit Bureau and Central Committee wanted a detailed discussion on the 34 years of experience of the Left Front Government in the state.
The contemporary global situation throws a major challenge of Marxist thoughts and is going into a massive political transformation. In such a situation many people from various corners of the globe are expressing their interest in the application of Marxist ideology in West Bengal through Left Front Government. We also are well aware of the recent critiques on various writings and contributions of global intelligentsia about contemporary Marxist outlooks and give necessary suggestions on our performance too. Our final goal is to establish People’s Democracy in our Country.
‘Land Reforms’ was the major success of the Left Front Government in West Bengal that distributed 11, 27000 acres of land among 30 lakhs of peasants. Not Just decentralization of power but empowerment of poor people was our achievement. Not just enhancement of agricultural production but improvement of purchasing power of common people was our achievement. To mobilize 85-90% of children in primary school was our achievement which is still undeniable.
Left Front government was based upon four Pillars of responsibility:
1. Success in Agriculture; 2. Considerable Human Development; 3. Enhancement of Democratic Rights; 4. To establish Secular Environment in the state. This is undeniable that the Left Front government had achieved a major success in the development of all four pillars.
We had experienced the rise of neoliberal policies in our country and the state that created a new marginal people. The Left Front government special assistance to those marginal people like providing rice of just Rs2 per KG etc. We tried to stand beside these people through social security measures.
On industrialization Bhattacharjee said, our programme was to revive Industrialization in the state. Former Chief Minister and our leader Jyoti Basu had taught us to take maximum benefit out of the situation that arose in the ninties. We decided to go for private capital, knowing fully well that theu would come here for profits only. Our interest was to enlarge the scope of employment. Our Industrialization policies attracted investment which got highest of Rs. 15000 crores in 2010. Land Acquisition was never a major problem in West Bengal. We basically wanted just 1% of total cultivable land. In North Bengal, Medinipur, Barrackpore, Rajarhat, South 24 Parganas etc we never faced any problem. But in Singur the situation went out of control. We admitted in our document that there was a lack of understanding on the question of peasant’s attachment to land. In Nandigram, the situation was different. However what happened there cost us dearly in the state and had its negative impact on the left movement in the country.
Bhattacharjee said, the success, weaknesses and the lessons would help us to develop the alternative for the future. We will go the people with this alternative.
Kolkata, 12th. March 2015