And no matter how successful chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya may have been in emphasising the new direction he has given to governance in this Left Front (LF)-ruled state, Sanyal, the West Bengal Left’s revolutionary watchdog, is unimpressed. Says the veteran radical: "The Bengal government makes much of registering bargadars (sharecroppers), of whom only around 50 per cent are listed, but they don’t own plots." And that is perhaps the first and the oldest point in the original Naxal’s litany of anti-LF cribs.
So much does Sanyal detest the LF’s ‘equivocation’ that he finds the pre-Left Congress regimes more democratic. His other criticisms include the brutal suppression of the Kamtapuri movement in north Bengal and LF’s "sell-out" to global capitalism.