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Red Ants In Their Whey

CPI(M) cadre run riot in a bid for all-out victory in the state panchayat polls

Red Ants In Their Whey Swapan Nayak

West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya is always in immaculate white, but he's finding it hard to hide the stains lately, running his state from Writers Building. The bloody violence that marked the fortnight before the panchayat elections will haunt the Left Front government for a long time to come.

At a recent public meeting in Amdanga, North 24 Parganas, the CM promised: "Please cast your vote on May 11. Our panchayats are our pride, we will further empower them." But even with the wave of red flags, Buddhadeb was aware the bloody run-up to the polls had decisively marred his government's public image.

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