Communists bit dust again in civic poll: Blame U.S. "conspiracy"
After 28 years holding power in the Siliguri , a developing metropolis of Indian state West Bengal which is a connecting point of rest of India to it' North eastern states, Nepal and Bhutan, the Communist parties of India faced a major setback by losing the municipal election. The Trinamool Congress - Congress alliance won 29 seats and the Communists won only only 17 seats.
In the previous election the Communists won 36 seats here.
As in south Bengal, the hammer and sickle was blown away in the winds of change sweeping Siliguri -- Bengal's second most important commercial hub and the nerve centre of North Bengal politics. People in Siliguri have voted out the Left Front from the municipal board after keeping it in power for 28 years.
It's a stunning blow to the Left that comes after the humiliating rout in Lok Sabha elections and ahead of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation election next year. Siliguri municipality is the second biggest in the state, after Kolkata.
In the meantime the Communists are trying to blame the United States for helping to "create chaos in Bengal" by helping the opposition. They did not mentioned whether this new discovery was related to the routing the Communists in the elections.
The CPI(M) today alleged that the opposition was trying to create chaos in the state with the help from US.
"The Opposition is trying to create chaos in the state and the US is helping them. Domestic and foreign forces pay them if they carry out killings," Left Front chairman and CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose alleged at a rally organized by the CPI(M)'s youth and students' wings DYFI and SFI.
"So far, 318 of our supporters and activists have been killed since the 2006 assembly elections," he said.
Bose also claimed that efforts were being made to divide poor and agricultural laborers, who were the Left Front supporters.