Kolkata, Mar 31 (UNI) Paying glowing tributes to the its late leader Anil Biswas, the CPI (M) leadership today pledged to steer the ruling Left Front to victory for the seventh consecutive term in West Bengal.
''We have to pledge to fulfil what he dreamt. The best way to pay tributes to him is to install the seventh Left Front with bigger margins and more seats,'' veteran Polit Bureau member Jyoti Basu said at a condolence meeting.
Turning the occasion into a virtual oath taking ceremony, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattaccharjee and CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat also called for strengthening Left movement in the country and taking the party to electoral victory in West Bengal and Kerala.
''The fight ahead of us is significant as there are Assembly elections in Bengal and Kerala which we must win,'' Mr Bhattacharjee said.
The meeting, held at the Netaji Indoor Stadium was attended by party leaders, workers and supporters besides invitees from different walks of life.
Criticising the Election Commission for various restrictions, Mr Basu said he did not see any reason behind conducting a five-phase polling since always in the past the state had received certificate of peaceful polling from the EC itself.'' I have been into elections since 1946. Never have I seen such a thing,'' he said.
''We were tormented, oppressed and bloodied many times since independence, but never have we surrendered,'' he said.
Mr Basu said the death of Mr Biswas was not only a loss to the party but to the entire toiling mass of the country.
Describing him as one of the best second generation leaders in the party, Mr Karat said he had tremendous contribution to formulation of the party's strategy under the changed situation.
''He showed us the way how to take on the challenges to Marxism.
After taking over as the party's General Secretary I used to talk to him everyday over phone to take his counsel on almost every issue,'' Mr Karat said.
The Chief Minister, a long time comrade-in-arms of Anil Biswas said the departed leader had the ability to implement Marxist theory according to situation.
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