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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

CPI-M Reduces Number and Size of LCs in Crucial English Bazaar

MALDA, 21 NOV: In the conferences concluded yesterday three local committees (LC) of CPI-M in English Bazaar has been amalgamated and providing room for speculations one of the three local committee secretaries (LCS) has been dropped from the newly constituted singular crucial LC of the party in English Bazaar. Notably, no branch committee member from seven municipal wards has also found berth in the new LC.

This may be mentioned that in 2007 the CPI-M formed three local committees in English Bazaar considering the expansion of the party. Mr Dulal Nandan Chaki, Mr Indrajit Mitra and Mr Prasenjit Das were elected as the secretaries uncontested. 44 members were included in three LCs altogether. But after the debacle of the party in the last assembly election few facts came to the fore in the analysis of the party, sources said. The inactivity of some members, indulging in unethical income and glossy life style of those members went against the party as perused by the party leaders.

It was then decided that instead of three LCs, the CPI-M would again adopt single LC formula in English Bazaar to strengthen its grip over the party members and to eliminate some of the members who activities had gone against the interest of the party. Accordingly, the conferences of three LCs were held on 19-20 November in English Bazaar and only one LC was constituted.

Mr Dulal Nandan Chaki has been elected the LCS this time and former LCS Mr Prasenjit Das, the nephew of expelled CPI-M leader Mr Jayanta Das, found berth as one of the 17 members of the new LC. However, Mr Indrajit Mitra, another former LCS, was not included to the LC this time. It is being assumed by a section of party workers that Mr Mitra would be either chosen as the new zonal secretary or he would be included to the new district committee.

Though speculations are rife over the reduction of LC size and non-inclusion of party members from seven municipal wards of English Bazaar, the district CPI-M secretary Mr Jiban Maitra said: “There is nothing new in constituting a small LC. The English Bazaar LC started with only six members under me being the first LCS. We have reduced the number and size of English Bazaar LC in the interest of the party.” He added: “Local committee membership (LCM) is not a portfolio rather it’s a responsibility. There aren’t adequately accountable leaders in all wards. Hence, the selection was made on priority basis.”

Mr Mitra, who didn’t find berth in LC, said: “I served in the capacity of LCS thrice and it’s the time for the new faces to come up.” Mr Mitra denied that he had some grudge about his non-inclusion.

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