The Bengal elections 2011: TMC Alliance clean sweep, LF Citadel oblterating

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    Thread for all bengal election details
     
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    PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato files nomination

    PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato files nomination

    PTI | Apr 19, 2011, 08.23pm IST; Times of India

    JHARGRAM: Jailed PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato on Tuesday filed nomination for the assembly elections from Jhargram constituency in Maoist-affected West Midnapore district.

    Mahato was brought from the central correctional home, where he is lodged, to SDO C Murugan's office escorted by a strong police party for filing the nomination.

    Several thousands of his supporters accompanied him to the SDO's office from the correctional home.

    The police said Chhatradhar's wife Neoti Mahato was among the people, mostly members of the PCPA, who accompanied him.

    Neoti told reporters that such 'spontaneous' gathering indicated people's support for the jailed leader.

    Mahato first stated his desire to fight assembly election in October 2009 and on April 6 next year he made a written application before the court of additional chief judicial magistrate Sheikh Mohammed Rezza through his counsel to file nomination.

    Mahato was arrested on October 27, 2009 by joint forces from Birkar village in the Lalgarh police station area.

    Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...hato-files-nomination/articleshow/8027694.cms
     
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    U.S. government should ‘continue to cultivate' Mamata

    CHENNAI: American diplomats pushed United States government officials to cultivate the All India Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, following her party's success in West Bengal in the 2009 Lok Sabha election, even while recording scepticism about whether she had changed from being a political maverick to being able to lead the State as Chief Minister.

    “Her party's public rhetoric, devoid of any anti-Americanism, and private outreach to post's officers are encouraging signs that a Banerjee-led West Bengal government will be friendlier to the United States than the current CPI-M one,” the Kolkata Consulate reasoned in an October 20, 2009 cable ( 230353: unclassified) sent under the name of Consul General Beth A. Payne. “Post recommends USG officials continue to cultivate Banerjee, who has not yet visited the United States, in her current capacity as Railways Minister and the likely next Chief Minister of West Bengal.”

    However, the Consulate remained unsure whether Ms. Banerjee had really made the transition from firebrand to able administrator.

    The cable, accessed by The Hindu through WikiLeaks, offers this interesting assessment: “Skepticism remains whether Banerjee's makeover truly represents a new product — cooler, more level-headed, and willing to accept outside advice — or simply the season's new political makeup. Consensus exists that she is conscientiously trying to transform her image from political maverick and firebrand to a woman ready, able and willing to lead India's fourth most populous state.”

    The Kolkata Consulate cable, headlined “Trinamool's Mamata Banerjee: from oppositional street fighter to West Bengal Chief Minister-in-waiting,” described how Ms. Banerjee sought to re-brand herself. “Since the May 2009 parliamentary elections elevated West Bengal's regional party, All India Trinamool Congress, from obscurity to the second largest constituent party in the United Progressive Alliance, its leader, Mamata Banerjee, has conscientiously sought to re-brand herself as West Bengal's Chief Minister-in- waiting. She is using the considerable administrative resources at her disposal as Railway's Minister, political resources as leader of the state opposition party, and personal resources to initiate this transformation. Supporters and critics acknowledge the new image, but question whether it is indeed a new product, or simply new packaging.”

    The cable noted that with the backing of a large parliamentary constituency and allied with the ruling Congress party, “Banerjee's Trinamool is well placed to win the 2011 state assembly elections if she can continue along her current path of self-restraint and avoid making any mistakes along the way.”

    The Kolkata Consulate appears to have been impressed with Ms. Banerjee's efforts to woo business, notwithstanding the “anti-industry” label she acquired after opposing land acquisition in Singur and Nandigram.

    Under a section, “Mamata Courts Industry and Vice Versa,” the cable reported how Ms. Banerjee “assiduously courted Kolkata's business community through outreach and appointment of respected business advisors” to combat her perceived ‘anti-industry' label. “While the business community has not forgiven her for driving Tata Motors small car project out of the state, they are warming up to her, as they too see which way the winds are blowing.”

    In a segment titled “Change That West Bengal Can Believe In,” echoing President Barack Obama's “Change we can believe in” election campaign of 2008, the cable said Ms. Banerjee was “inspiring the faithful, and convincing the agnostic, that the Communist Party of India — Marxist's 33 year-uninterrupted rule of West Bengal is set to end.” Describing her as the most popular politician in the State, the Consulate cable added that Ms. Banerjee was widely viewed as the “only one that can lead the charge for change.”



    (This article is a part of the series "The India Cables" based on the US diplomatic cables accessed by The Hindu via Wikileaks.')

    http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/...2011042156080100.htm&date=2011/04/21/&prd=th&
     
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    Trinamool alliance to sweep Bengal: ORG poll survey

    Trinamool alliance to sweep Bengal: ORG poll survey

    IANS | May 10, 2011, 06.48pm IST; Times of India

    NEW DELHI: The Trinamool Congress-led alliance will oust -- with a big margin -- the Left Front which has ruled West Bengal for 34 continuous years, a Headlines Today-ORG post-poll survey predicted Tuesday.

    According to the survey, the Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance will get two-thirds majority, winning 210 to 220 seats out of a total 294 seats in the state assembly.

    The survey predicts just 65 to 70 seats for the Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front.

    The survey gives 10 to 15 seats to independents and other parties.

    The counting for the six-phased polls, which ended Tuesday, will take place on May 13.

    Earlier in the day, defying a Maoist boycott and braving the scorching sun, over 83 percent of the 26 lakh-plus electorate voted amid massive security deployment in the sixth and final phase of the West Bengal assembly elections. Voting was peaceful.

    Voters, many of them tribals living in the jungle areas, lined up in long queues in front of booths from 7am when the polling started and by 3pm, the scheduled time for the polls to get over, 83.48 percent of votes were cast, according to officials.
    On Tuesday, polling was held in 14 constituencies of three districts - West Midnapore (7), Purulia (4) and Bankura (3) - considered the hotbed of Maoist activities.

    Tuesday's polling brought to an end the staggered six-phase election for the 294-member assembly that began April 18 and covered around 70,000 polling booths spread across 19 districts over 88,752 sq km. The total electorate was over 56 million.

    Source: Trinamool alliance to sweep Bengal: ORG poll survey - The Times of India
     
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    Poribortan has come. Something that all of us expected. Commies thrown out of Bengal. "Brandenburg" has been broken again. Berlin wall has fallen again.

    I hope and pray for a peaceful transition as it is my fear that the Left could go on a violent and terror spree.

    I would hope that the downward spiral that Bengal has seen during the last 30 years will now be stopped and then reversed. industries to come back and sick units being revived.

    Problem is that given the margin of victory, the expectation will be doubly high and there could be a kinda of expectation of an overnight miracle which is not possible.

    All on all, congratulations to all Bengalis for bringing in a change.
     
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    The Hell it is "poribortan".Bongs have shifted their fat from the frying pan to the fire.Yusuf this is a change which Iam finding quite unsavory nowadays.Bong Babu's nowadays will have nightmares with "Didi" on the helm at writers block.Bengal will become even more of a parody
     
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    I have got a better understanding of what's happening there in the last year or so. No one thought Didi will do anything, because of her history. But she has changes, she has matured. She has formed a great team which has done some good grassroots work. She has formed a team of technocrats and bureaucrats as well as IPS. someone like Derick O'brian is the face of the party. I am sure all of us remember who he is. So there is a lot of confidence and expectation in Didi. Problem is that the left will not sit quiet in the opposition.
     
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    Left warns of violence if Trinamool wins

    Left warns of violence if Trinamool wins

    Mohua Chatterjee, TNN | May 8, 2011, 04.00am IST; Times of India

    KESHPUR: The Left, including their campaign spearhead Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, has warned of post-poll violence if Trinamool Congress comes to power even as Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee assured that they wanted change, not reprisal.

    The elections have so far been peaceful. But both sides of the political spectrum are apprehensive of political violence after the verdict on May 13. There is perceptible tension across the state in areas like Nandigram or Netai — pockets that have seen bloody turf wars between CPM and Trinamool. With many places likely to turn the table on the Left, it will not be easy for the new ruling coalition to establish supremacy, without a show of strength.

    In pockets like Nandigram or East Midnapore, where many CPM supporters are on the run since a Trinamool takeover, people don't anticipate trouble if those who have fled their homes do not return. Asked about what happens after May 13, Kamal Mishra (name changed), a Trinamool leader, is clear. "Nothing will happen to the people. But those who have taken people's money will have to be dealt with."

    Basanti Tripathi, a newspaper seller, agrees. When she narrated how she had been deprived of her widow pension, as she has an income by selling newspapers, it is easy to understand her stand. "Is it possible that those ousted from their homes after forced to sell off their land at throwaway prices, will not want to settle scores? We have been waiting for this for years" asks Kanti Gharai (name changed).

    Gharai, from Ghoshdigha village, owns six buses, three of which have been hired by Congress to ferry supporters. "At least we can expect to get the bus hire charges. But not with CPM, who would ask for buses and never pay," he said.

    Source: Left warns of violence if Trinamool wins - The Times of India
     
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    IMHO Didi is more leftist than the commies ! Bad times for Bengal :(
     
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    the most interesting part the sitting chief minister is set for a very big fight to retain his seat as per exit polls , thats a danger sign
     
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    I would totally second that.

    West Bengal under Mamata = West Bengal under Jyoti Basu. The former comes with a buy-one-get-another-free offer, aka the Maoists.
    The only change was Buddha, but as good as the upper ranks of Left Front maybe, many people are raring to avenge the years of corruption in the lower echelons of Left Front.
     
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    Yes.....Buddha is the best. Unfortunately he has to take the burden of long reign of Jyoti Basu. In Mamata, I am seeing the return of Jyoti Basu's days. And Mamata is opportunist. She changed sides several times between BJP and Cong, became railway minister in both-NDA and UPA, joined with the Maoists , asked for removal of central force and now claims CPI-M is with Maoists. To maintain a vote bank she try to fuel the fire in Singur and Nandigram and deprive the State from the Nano and some other projects. Still in Rajarhat newtown TMC has not allowed the electricity board to put some posts to supply electricity to the new complexes....and they speak of development.
     
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    The circus will come to town!
     
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    Global media blown over by the winds of change in Left citadel

    Global media blown over by the winds of change in Left citadel
    Shine Jacob / Kolkata May 13, 2011, 0:31 IST

    All roads seem to be leading to West Bengal. A bevy of scribes armed with notepads and flashing cameras on the eve of the ‘judgement day’ could just be the prelude to the media frenzy surrounding the possibility of an end to three decades of Left rule in the state.

    The presence of the international media in Kolkata is staggering and the high-voltage poll battle is turning out to be the most talked about event in the state, after the demise of Mother Teresa in 1997.

    Whether the people’s verdict would be in favour of Paribartan (change) or bring back Left rule in the corridors of the Writers’ Buildings is still being debated in media circles, but everyone is holding on to their breath to bring in the first visuals of Kolkata’s skyline either being painted in green or perhaps in red.

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    More than the Left Front bosses like Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Biman Bose and Gautam Deb, the media is focusing on the “change agent” — Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee. “The global media is going gaga over a woman, in her mid-50s wearing a plain white saree, wearing Hawaii chappals. Now, all of them want an interview with Didi. Some have already met her, some are already here and others are on their way,” said Derek O’Brien, vice-president of Trinamool Congress and a popular quiz master.

    Among the prominent media organisations covering the West Bengal elections are New York Times, BBC, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Gulf News, Netherlands Radio, Al Jazeera, France 24 TV and Reuters. “It seems all of them want a piece of the Trinamool leader,” he said.

    According to sources, international journalists have put up at premier hotels like Floatel and Peerless Inn in Kolkata and most have had got an appointement to interview Banerjee and Bhattacharjee.

    But why is the Bengal elections so important for the global media? Jason Burke, South Asia Correspondent of the Guardian, said: “The demise of the Communist party in West Bengal, if it happens, is much more interesting and significant overseas than the various changes elsewhere.”

    Compared to earlier elections, the journos are competing with each other over how they would describe the Trinamool chief. “The woman with a fiery voice belying her short frame came, spoke and conquered the Kolkata crowd in the manner of someone who is about to become the fulcrum of power in the world’s largest democracy,” wrote Alistair Scrutton of Reuters.

    The Associated Press in its report wrote: “West Bengal’s poverty-weary people, hungry for change, have been captivated during recent elections by populist firebrand Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress party is predicted to unseat the Communist Party of India-Marxist for the first time in 34 years.”

    According to reports, major journalists covering the event include Alistair Scrutton of Reuters, Kate Daigle of AP, Makiko Itoh of Japan’s Nikkei and Pulitzer winning Jim Yardley of New York Times.

    The countdown has started and all eyes are on Bengal to see whether the wind of change that was blowing across the state will be strong enough to unseat the Left from the Writers’ Buildings.
     
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    I-T seizes Rs 31 cr unaccounted cash in poll season

    I-T seizes Rs 31 cr unaccounted cash in poll season
    Probal Basak / Kolkata May 13, 2011, 0:29 IST

    The Income tax department has seized Rs 31.39 crore of “unaccounted money” in the run up to the assembly elections in five states and the Union Territory of Puducherry. The raids were part of a drive by the Election Commission to prevent the use of black money to woo voters.

    According to the Income tax (I-T) department, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry contributed Rs 18.97 crore to the state coffer, officials seized Rs 10.88 crore from West Bengal and Assam and Rs 1.54 crore from Kerala.

    “We have carried out the seizure in cases where the person concerned failed to give satisfactory explanation about the source and purpose of the cash,” said Anjani Kumar, the designated nodal officer to monitor cash movement during the assembly elections.

    “We were asked to keep a vigil on the cash movements in the poll-bound states by the Election Commission. We started the monitoring work the day EC issued the press note on election and continued the work till the last date of polling,” Kumar said. Earlier, the expenditure-monitoring wing of EC used to carryout the surveillance. But, this time, EC felt the I-T department was better equipped to monitor the movement of cash following a successful run during the Bihar assembly election last year.

    The seized cash is in the custody of the I-T department and investigations will be carried out later. “During this process we worked under the provision of the I-T acts. But our objective was different. We did not look for high-end revenue and even seized small amounts if prima facie this seemed to be unaccounted money. Whether there is any tax-demand or not will be clear only after further investigation,” he said.

    Special arrangements were made by the the EC in all districts of the sates to perform the exercise. “One additional director or director of I-T investigation was there in each state headquarter. Every district had one district commissioner with two-three officers to cover all the constituencies of that district for surveillance purpose,” he said. Even airports, hotels and railway stations were under the radar of the Income Tax department.

    Kumar said the department had a problem of man-power. “We did not have enough men. Even for Kerala and Tamil Nadu we had to involve officials from neighbouring states like Karnataka,” he added.
     
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    What made me annoyed and ashamed is the use of 'bad mouth' by the political leaders, how the people go such low level while in the time of 'criticising' opposition.

    Regards
     
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    Left let in or left let out ?

    Left let in or left let out ?
    BS Reporter / Kolkata May 13, 2011, 0:02 IST

    The state awaits the results with hope and fear — for this election will change everything for everyone.

    Mamata Banerjee’s house in Kalighat is being readied for a celebration. No one will sleep tonight, and tomorrow, when the results of Assembly elections in West Bengal start pouring out, around 4.30 pm is the time fixed for Banerjee’s press conference, such is the belief that she will form the government in West Bengal, singalling the end of more than three decades of communist-rule in the state.

    But Alimuddin Street, where the offices of the Left parties are located, will not sleep tonight either, for it is convinced the people of West Bengal will give it another chance. Though the Left Front has been struggling to beat anti-incumbency for a decade now, it has never seen a “wave” this strong, whether against it or for its serious challenger Mamata Banerjee. Exit polls have clearly suggested a rout for the Left Front but for the Left, exit poll figures are meaningless.

    Left Front Chairman Biman Bose claims they will get 199 of the 294 constituencies.(PARTYWISE POLLING PERCENTAGE IN LAST POLLS)

    The election is crucial for the people of West Bengal, for it is their fate that hangs in balance. The core issue is the new government’s attitude to industrialisation. Will Mamata Banerjee translate her Ma Mati Manush (Motherland, earth, human dignity) slogan into resisting and preventing transfer of land for industrialisation of West Bengal without which the state has little hope for a better life for the people? Or will the Left Front, if it comes to power, correct the wrongs of Singur and Nandigram and explain to the people, the benefits of selling land to industry, badly fragmented as it is? Regardless of who wins, there are worries about violence on a scale the state has not seen since the 1970s. Above all, the election represents for the people of West Bengal a new way of looking at things, with an opposition almost as strong and vocal as the ruling party. There is an additional worry. If Mamata Banerjee does become CM, what will be her relationship with the Congress, which is a TMC ally in the centre ? If relations are volatile, what will this mean for politics in West Bengal? And stability in the state ?
     
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    Global media sets sight on Didi vs Dada face off

    Global media sets sight on Didi vs Dada face off
    Shine Jacob / Kolkata May 13, 2011, 0:11 IST

    It seems all roads are leading to West Bengal now. Whether the people’s verdict would be in favour of “Paribartan” or not, the state elections are getting unprecedented media attention from across the world. Foreign journalists are floating in to cover the high-voltage poll battle turning it to be one of the most media-interested events in the state, after the demise of Mother Teresa in 1997.

    More than the Left Front’s star campaigners — like Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Biman Bose and Gautam Deb — the media glare is on the “change agent” and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee. “The global media is going gaga over a woman, in her mid 50s wearing a plain white saree, wearing hawai chappals. Now, all of them want an interview with Didi. Some have already met her, some are already here and others are on their way,” said Derek O’Brian, Vice-President of Trinamool Congress and a popular quiz master.

    The major media groups which are covering the West Bengal elections and are in the town include New York Times, BBC, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Gulf News, Netherlands Radio, Al Jazeera, France 24 TV and Reuters. “It seems all of them want a piece of the Trinamool leader,” he said.

    According to sources, these journalists are putting up at top hotels like Floatel and Peerless Inn in Kolkata and most of them have booked their interviews with Banerjee and Bhattacharjee. When asked about the importance the global media is giving to the incident, Jason Burke, South Asia Correspondent of The Guardian, who is covering the elections, said, “I am in Delhi and we will write a story from here. That said, the demise of the Communist party in West Bengal, if it happens, is much more interesting and significant overseas than the various changes elsewhere.”

    Compared to earlier elections, they are fighting against each other in personifying the Trinamool stalwart. “The woman with a fiery voice belying her short frame came, spoke and conquered the Kolkata crowd in the manner of someone who is about to become the fulcrum of power in the world’s largest democracy,” wrote Alistair Scrutton of Reuters.

    At the same time, the Associated Press too endorsed her. “West Bengal’s poverty-weary people, hungry for change, have been captivated during recent elections by populist firebrand Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress party is predicted to unseat the Communist Party of India-Marxist for the first time in 34 years,” the report said.

    According to reports, the major journalists covering the event include Alistair Scrutton of Reuters Kate Daigle of AP, Makiko Itoh of Japan’s Nikkei and even the Pulitzer winning Jim Yardley of New York Times.With the countdown started, all eyes are on Bengal to know whether the TMC will unseat the Left from the Writers’ Building, the seat of power in the state.
     
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    Bengal: Left hopes it will prove detractors wrong

    Bengal: Left hopes it will prove detractors wrong

    Akshaya Mukul, TNN | May 12, 2011, 04.57am IST; Times of India

    NEW DELHI: A day after various election surveys predicted a total wipe out for the Left Front in West Bengal, CPM is still hopeful that like many previous occasions it would prove its detractors wrong and romp home for the eighth term.

    CPM is likely to hold a politburo meeting on May 16 to take stock of the election results. The party is hopeful that a surprise win in Kerala – for the first time since 1977 the ruling coalition would have a second term – could boost its morale.

    But the hope from West Bengal this time does not have any robust basis except the claim that the party recovered lost ground in the past one year. There is an acknowledgement that Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee's challenge of 2011 is far more realistic than the one in 2001. Mamata, then a minister in the NDA government at the Centre, had resigned and fought along with Congress. It was also the first time that CPM on its own did not cross the half-way mark in the state assembly. Together, the Left Front had bagged a little less than 200 of the total 294 seats.

    Still, Mamata's challenge to the Left Front in 2001 did not have the background that exists now in West Bengal. Left's performance during the 2009 parliamentary election was dismal. It lost nearly 7.4% vote share in the parliamentary constituencies. Even before the last general election, Left had lost local body elections to Trinamool and Congress. The losing trend continued even after 2009 Lok Sabha poll. Left lost heavily in the panchayat elections signalling that people in the state were serious about change.

    But poll surveys have given CPM hope from Kerala, a state where defeat was a foregone conclusion. Not only does the party have a serious factional problem, chief minister VS Achutanandan was given the ticket at the last minute. But the octogenarian has now become a rallying point not only for his party but for the entire Left Front. Even acolytes of his arch-rival Pinarayi Vijayan used the services of Achutanandan during the campaign. Be it his tirade against corruption by Congress leaders or the swipe at Rahul Gandhi, calling him Amul Baby, Achutanandan, party leaders admit, would have the sole credit in case the Left springs a surprise victory.

    Source: Bengal: Left hopes it will prove detractors wrong - The Times of India
     

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