News Frontliner Web Desk, 3 February 2019: The People’s Brigade called by the CPI(M) led Left Front on Sunday, February 3rd, launched a blistering attack for the ouster of ‘Chowkidar‘ Narendra Modi from the Centre and ‘Paharadar‘ Mamata Banerjee from Bengal.
Unlike the January 19 rally convened by the Trinamool Congress, the Left Front meeting of 3rd February was not organised by the ruling establishment and did not have administrative support.
CPI(M) state secretary and Politburo member, Dr. Surjya Kanta Mishra said, “There were 23 speakers on January 19 and most were PM aspirants. Today, there are nine speakers, but none are PM aspirants. But I can safely say the audience that day was half this size today. That shows the real difference between us and her in the eyes of the people.”
The crowd was indeed large enough for a sense of rejuvenation in the Left Front camp ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury in his speech launched a virulent attack on both Modi and Mamata and asserted that one could not be removed without the removal of the other. “They are two sides of the same coin. For removing one, the other too must have to be removed,” said Yechury.
“The ‘Chowkidar‘ (Modi) must go along with the ‘Paharadar‘ (Mamata),” he added.
Terming the interim budget as another ‘Jumla’ by the Modi Government, CPI(M) general secretary said, “The Centre, which has looted the country for past five years, is now doling out sops ahead of elections. We are not calling for his (Modi’s) defeat just because we don’t like him, we are calling for a change so that there can be alternative polices conducive for development of the common men. The need of the hour is to fight for an alternative secular and democratic government at the Centre.”
The ailing CPI (M) leader and former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee also attended Sunday’s Left Front rally; but his health didn’t permit him from climbing to the dais and deliver his words. The former CM arrived at the Brigade ground around 1.30 pm and was seen sitting inside his car along with his wife. The CPI(M) leader had been bed-ridden for the past several months due to Compulsory Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD).
CPI(M) rally today has been a show of Left unity. Representatives of other Left parties such as Communist Party of India General Secretary Sudhakar Reddy, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya and All India Forward Bloc Leader Debabrata Biswas are in attendance at the rally.
The highlight of today’s rally was perhaps the inspiring speech delivered by CPI(M) leader and former State Minister, Deblina Hembrem. Her rousing speech enthused the rally participants. She combined Bengali and her mother tongue, Santhali, in her speech. She highlighted the dilemma of tribal’s in the country who were struggling for food, education, housing and jobs, but were being treated like “display objects” for showcasing famous tribal dances.
“We tribals are so close to nature that dance comes naturally to us, we don’t need impetus for that. What we need is education, recognition and prestige for our language and culture. We need schools, colleges and housing,” she said, adding that it was the, “Left Front that had given us honour. That honour is now missing. We cannot be bought by money, which TMC is trying to do after looting us for these seven years.”
The last speaker of the rally was CPI(M) Politburo member and Lok Sabha MP, Mohd Salim. He described today’s gathering of people as one of “the largest assembly of downtrodden people – farmers, workers, students and youth. Any attempt to stall the march of this ‘red sea’ (lal Samundar) will create a ‘Tsunami’ in the political scene and will sweep away anti-democratic and communal forces like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his communal brigade and their covert ally, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and her party in Bengal.” Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who is facing a sedition charge, was scheduled to address the rally but cancelled his plans as he is unwell due to Mumps.