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VP Singh’s Jan Morcha extends support to Left Front

Tuesday 2 May 2006

NEW DELHI : Former Prime Minister VP Singh’s newly-formed Jan Morcha on Monday extended support to the CPI(M)-led coalition in West Bengal, saying a mandate for the Left Front would help take forward the struggle for strengthening secularism and alternative economic policies. The Left Front ??symbolises the hopes and aspirations of the working people. The LF governments have established the democratic rights of all sections of the people and created an atmosphere of communal amity,’’ Singh said in a statement and appealed the people to vote the CPI(M) back to power.

Asserting that the Left was playing an important role at the Centre, he said the victory of the Left Front in West Bengal will ensure the struggle for strengthening democracy, secularism and alternative economic policies at the national level is carried forward with much more vigour.

??Through the implementation of land reforms, providing security of tenure for the bargadars (sharecroppers) and by stimulating agricultural production and generating incomes for the rural people, West Bengal has shown that there is an alternative path to the current crisis in the agrarian economy that has gripped many parts of the country,’’ he said.

Banners, posters out, T-shirts in

Coimbatore: With the Election Commission cracking the whip against posters, cut-outs, graffiti and speakers, political parties in Tamil Nadu have found a wearable option - T-shirts. The new propaganda material is especially popular in rural areas, never mind that it comes embossed with pictures of the party symbol or leader. And hosiery units are certainly not complaining. An order for nearly 10 lakh T-shirts have been placed with hosiery units in nearby Tiruppur but the May 8 deadline is proving to be quite tough. The preferences are clear: AIADMK sticks to shirts with J Jayalalithaa’s pictures, besides knitted cotton shirts, keeping in mind the summer.

The flip side: printing units have lost around 80 per cent business, with banners and posters out of party campaigns.

Campaign ends for Bengal Phase IV

KOLKATA: Campaigning for the fourth phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal, in which 57 constituencies would go to polls on April 3, ended on Monday. In the fourth phase, polling will be held in 57 constituencies spread over three districts. Nineteen seats are in Murshidabad, 26 in Burdwan and 12 in Birbhum district.

For both the ruling Left Front and Congress, the fourth phase poll would be crucial. The Left Front may find it an uphill task to recover lost ground in Murshidabad district where the Congress swept the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.

Of the 19 Assembly seats in the district, 11 are with the Left and the Congress has eight. The Front is trying to encash on the divisions in the Congress in Murshidabad where party leader and MLA from Kandi Atish Sinha has a running feud with DPCC president and Berhampore strongman Adhir Chowdhury.

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