Durgapur News Desk, 29 June 2017: In a major shift of party line, the party unit of the CPI(M) in Durgapur seeks suggestions from Durgapur residents before choosing its candidates and finalizing its election manifesto for the civic polls in Durgapur, scheduled to be held on 6 August 2017.
The CPI(M) Durgapur leaders have been actively using social media platform for quite sometimes now. Many of CPI(M) leaders are extremely vocal in both Facebook and WhatsApp, on issues pertaining to local and national importance, including party’s Durgapur II Zonal Committee Secretary Pankaj Roy Sarkar.
“We have been sending WhatsApp messages to Durgapur residents since June 25 to seek their opinion on candidates and the manifesto. There is also a Facebook page – Left Front Durgapur – where people can send their suggestions,” The CPI(M) will seek suggestions till July 4.
“Earlier, the district leadership would prepare our election manifesto after a discussion within the committee. Common people had no role in it,” said a CPI(M) district committee member. “The situation has changed now. We need people with us and that can only happen if we seek their opinion.”
Trinamul Congress however refused to attach much importance to the CPI(M)’s strategy. “The CPI(M) has no mass support here. They will become a signboard in Durgapur like in the state after the civic elections,” said Uttam Mukherjee, Trinamul’s organising president of Durgapur.
Along with Durgapur, civic elections scheduled for August 6 includes Haldia, Nalhati, Cooper’s Camp, Buniyadpur and Panskura.
Party insiders said they were looking for candidates who are popular in the locality and have a “clean image”. They need not have any link with the Left, the sources said.
Though it is still not clear whether the alliance between Left Front and Congress which was forged during the 2016 assembly election will continue or they will be contesting on their own, but a recent talk of sitting Durgapur (West) MLA Biswanath Parial shifting his allegiance to Trinamul Congress from Congress has been refuted by Parial himself.
One might remember that in the 2016 assembly poll, in spite of the surging victory of the TMC throughout the state, Left Front-Congress alliance managed to win both the assembly seats of Durgapur, quite convincingly.