“Left cannot be suppressed by violence”: Prakash Karat

“CPI (M) and Left Front are facing severe attacks in West Bengal”

KOLKATA, August 6, 2011: The Left Front movement in West Bengal cannot be suppressed by force, coercion and violence, asserted Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat here on Friday.

Speaking at a public meeting here to celebrate the 123rd birth anniversary of Comrade Muzaffar Ahmad, the doyen of the Communist movement in India, Karat said the CPI (M) and the Left Front were facing severe attacks in West Bengal.

“We are confident that with the support of the people, with the public opinion that will be developed in West Bengal and the country, we will be able to withstand these attacks and once more take up the cause of the people,” Mr. Karat said.

Questioning the killings, attacks on party workers and offices, and intimidation of elected panchayat representatives, Mr. Karat said the Trinamool Congress had derided the CPI(M) for being an ‘authoritarian' regime, but was putting such a regime into practice now.

He called upon those holding public office to “respect the wishes of those who have pledged their allegiance to a different ideology and politics.”

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