Saturday, November 08, 2008

Nandigram becomes focal point in Kolkata politics again

Not only Nandigram, the CPM and its allies also lost the East Midnapore zilla parishad seat to the Trinamool in the May panchayat elections. According to sources in both the parties, Banerjee will try to convince the Nandigram electorate about her party’s success in preventing the state government from acquiring land for the proposed SEZ. The CPM, meanwhile, will try to highlight Banerjee’s agitation at Singur, which compelled Ratan Tata to shift the Nano factory to Gujarat. Tata has now had to close plant at Pimpri/Cinchwad for at least a week and IMO may have medium term financial problems - which may not affect Corus as such but could be more than a sign of the times. The CPM is determined to keep Nandigram constituency under the Left Front’s control in the Assembly by-elections to be held in December, the Trinamool Congress is also eyeing the seat.

IMO: On November 6th, the Calcutta Telegraph had an article entitled "A great leap into the unknown, or a false step?" which compared the situation currently in Nandigram with rural reform in China. The December by-election may be of significance as to whether "it may end up being China’s very own Great October Counter-Revolution. Or the Great Leap Backward."

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