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The People, The Enemy?

Take out the Maoists, take back the people. The Left Front has a plan for Lalgarh, but can it overcome past mistakes?

The People, The Enemy?
The People, The Enemy?
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Simultaneously, by prolonging the action, it hopes that faultlines will develop in the rebel movement, especially in the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) led by Chhatradhar Mahato, widely regarded as the mouthpiece of the Maoists. There's also the hope that this will make it difficult for its chief political rival in the state, the Trinamool Congress, to take any clear position on the issue. The TMC had shared a platform with the PCAPA in February; today it is part of the UPA government, which has sent forces to fight the Maoists in Lalgarh.

Currently, the major Maoist base is limited to one block in the district of West Midnapore, Lalgarh (it has around 40,000 voters), apart from a gradual build-up in the neighbouring districts of Bankura and Purulia. And the CPI(M) still has support here. Despite the anti-Left wave in the state, it retained the five LS seats of Midnapore, Ghatal, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur in these three Maoist-affected districts. The LF leadership, sources say, is determined not to repeat the mistakes of Nandigram and Singur, which were but two blocks in East Midnapore and Hooghly districts respectively, but went on to consume the region, wiping the CPI(M) out of six districts and 19 LS seats.

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