CPI(M) calls for massive campaign to win upcoming municipal elections in W.Bengal

The 24th West Bengal State Conference of CPI(M) has called for an all-out attempt to win the forthcoming municipal elections in the state by building larger unity of the common people through extensive mass movements. A resolution to this effect was proposed at the ongoing State Conference by Com. Ashok Bhattacharya and supported by Com. Nepaldeb Bhattacharya.

The Trinamool Congress led state government has decided to organize elections for 91 municipalities all over West Bengal. The tenure of 17 of these had ended during July to October 2014 but the government had not held elections, blatantly flouting Constitutional norms. Instead, the state government had been running the municipalities by appointing administrators of their own choice. Most of the municipalities are currently run by the ruling TMC since the last elections. These municipalities had become hubs of corruption and narrow political interests.

The resolution strongly demanded that the election of these 17 municipalities should be held immediately and the remaining elections should be completed by the end of July 2015.

The resolution recalled that the CPI(M) led Left Front, during its tenure at the helm of the state government had successfully implemented the policy of democratic decentralization through these corporations, municipalities, and district and metropolitan development authorities by providing fair and equal rules and regulations and ensuring complete autonomy of these offices. The Left Front had regulated several urban, suburban and slum development projects during its tenure while the TMC had stopped the flow of development completely and made these institutions totally nonfunctional. 

The resolution said that only the Left Front can run a responsible, dedicated and honest administration in these municipalities to serve the people for their betterment and development of the area. For this reason, it called for a massive campaign to win the coming municipal elections by building larger unity of the people through extensive mass movements and propaganda.