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Red Dusk

A new colour, a promise of renaissance. Mamata has to redeem her pledge, the Left can learn from the long making of its hubris.

Red Dusk
Sandipan Chatterjee
Red Dusk
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West Bengal: Seven Talking Points

  • Will industries flock to Bengal given Mamata Banerjee’s impetuous image, post Singur and Nandigram?
  • Can she convince farmers who have voted for her that she has a more benign land acquisition policy?
  • Will the Trinamool Congress’s disconcerting proximity to Maoists cast its shadow over state law and order?
  • Could a demanding Mamata weigh down the UPA government with her demands for the state?
  • Will there be an outbreak of violence between entrenched Left cadres and enthusiastic TMC folk?
  • Can the new government retain the secular nature of riot-free Bengal that the Left had justly created?
  • Does Left have the leadership to rise from the ashes or will the Bengal unit blame Prakash Karat for its rout?

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West Bengal :294
2006 2011
Parties/Alliances % Votes Seats % Votes Seats
Left Front+ 48.41 227 41 61
CPI (M) 37.13 176 40
AIFB 5.66 23 11
RSP 3.71 20 7
CPI 1.91 8 2
DSP (P) 1
Trinamool+ 41.61 52 49 227
Trinamool 26.64 30 39 184
Congress 14.71 21 10 42
SUCI 1
Others+ 9.98 15 6
Independents 4.22 6 2
GJM 0.5 3 3
SP 1

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