CPI(M)’s youth strategy to reclaim lost ground in Bengal

Fielding a cadre of new faces, including leaders from its students’ wing, the CPI(M) is banking on a mix of youthful energy and veteran leadership to reinvigorate its electoral prospects…reports Asian Lite News

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) in West Bengal is eyeing a resurgence in the upcoming parliamentary elections, buoyed by a fresh approach that blends youthful vigor with seasoned experience. With an ambitious slate of young candidates and a renewed emphasis on grassroots mobilization, the party aims to shed the baggage of past defeats and reclaim lost ground in the state’s political landscape.

Fielding a cadre of new faces, including leaders from its students’ wing, the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), the CPI(M) is banking on a mix of youthful energy and veteran leadership to reinvigorate its electoral prospects. Candidates like Srijan Bhattacharyya, Pratikur Rahaman, and Dipsita Dhar represent a new wave of leadership within the party, signaling a departure from traditional political norms, according to PTI report.

The CPI(M) is contesting the elections in alliance with the Congress as part of the Left Front, a strategic move aimed at broadening its appeal and consolidating support among diverse segments of the electorate. While the party has faced criticism for its perceived stagnation in recent years, leaders like Sujan Chakraborty and Mohammed Salim remain optimistic about the prospects of a resurgence.

Emphasizing the importance of cultivating new leadership and adapting to changing political dynamics, CPI(M) leaders underscore the need for a long-term strategy to revive the party’s fortunes in West Bengal. Despite facing formidable opponents in the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the CPI(M) remains committed to its grassroots organizing efforts and ideological principles.

Issues like job creation and industrial development loom large in the CPI(M)’s electoral agenda, as the party seeks to capitalize on public discontent with the incumbent TMC government’s economic policies. Candidates like Rahaman highlight the exodus of industries from the state under TMC rule, citing missed opportunities for economic growth and job creation.

While challenges abound, political analysts view the CPI(M)’s embrace of new leadership and its focus on clean governance as positive steps towards rejuvenating the party’s image. With a carefully curated slate of candidates and a concerted effort to engage with voters on pressing issues, the CPI(M) hopes to turn the tide in its favor and make a meaningful impact in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

As the electoral battle heats up in West Bengal, all eyes are on the CPI(M) and its allies in the Left Front as they strive to defy the odds and carve out a path to political relevance in the state. With a mix of youthful enthusiasm and seasoned leadership, the CPI(M) aims to reclaim its position as a formidable force in West Bengal’s political landscape.

Didi warns of possible tension on Ram Navami

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday cautioned about possible attempts to trigger tension and violence in the state on the occasion of Ram Navami.

“The BJP candidate is a leader of the goons. There might be a repetition of the event of the Central forces firing witnessed at Sitalkuchi during the 2021 state assembly polls. April 17 is the day when they might try to trigger tension and violence. I am warning everybody not to get trapped by provocation. They do not want peaceful polls. They want only violence,” the Chief Minister said while addressing a rally at Cooch Behar district on Monday.

She also referred to the reported event of Income Tax raids at the chopper of the party General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee.

“IT sleuths checked his chopper thinking there was gold and cash. We do not move around with such things. BJP leaders do that. If we need anything we will beg from our mothers,” the Chief Minister said.

She also attacked the BJP for including the Uniform Civil Code issue in the party manifesto. “The manifesto reflects exactly what I had predicted earlier. The Uniform Civil Code will mean that the tribal population will not have a separate identity,” the Chief Minister said.

She also challenged the BJP to come out with a white paper on the alleged corruption in West Bengal as well as in the BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

“If you have the courage, come out with a white paper on the issue of corruption. At the same time, if you have the courage also come out with similar white papers in states like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra,” the Chief Minister said.

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