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    Demise of Left Front in West Bengal India - end of 30 years of democratic communism

    For those not in the know, the State of West Bengal in India had been under communist rule since the 70's.

    At long last they have been ousted by an opposition that finally decided to man up, with a women at the helm.

    BBC News - India: Mamata Banerjee routs communists in West Bengal

    13 May 2011

    India: Mamata Banerjee routs communists in West Bengal


    The world's longest-serving democratically-elected communist government has lost elections in the Indian state of West Bengal.

    The communists - in power since 1977 but now blamed for the state's economic decline - have conceded defeat.

    Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) is on course to win a landslide.

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    'End to autocracy'
    Ms Banerjee is a crucial federal ally of the Congress party and the two parties fought the election together.

    She says the communists have failed West Bengal's 90 million people by causing its economic decline.

    "This is a victory of democracy, victory of 'Maa, Maati Manush' [mother, land and people]," Ms Banerjee told her supporters after early trends gave her party a massive majority.

    "We will give good governance. There will be an end to autocracy and atrocities. This is the victory of people against years of oppression," she said.

    The BBC's Soutik Biswas in Calcutta says a large number of supporters have gathered outside her house, waving TMC flags and chanting victory slogans.

    By early afternoon India time, and with most votes counted, the scale of the communist defeat was clear and outgoing Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya tendered his resignation to the state governor.
    "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" ~ Epicurus

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    good riddance.

    Probably wont change anything for bengalis though. Trinamool guys are coming to power for the first time and they will be desperate to loot as much as they can.
    For Gallifrey! For Victory! For the end of time itself!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bolo121 View Post
    Trinamool guys are coming to power for the first time and they will be desperate to loot as much as they can.
    What makes you think so ? This is a lot of pessimism. If all the people who had voted for TMC had thought so, TMC wouldn't be coming to coming to power. By your logic, anyone once he is in power should indefinitely remain in power.

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    We will see whether this is good or bad. I am no fan of the Left, but sometimes Mamata can be even more populist and short sighted than that gang. However, I am happy on a few grounds

    1. Change is good. If politicians are convinced of no change, there would be little or no change in he level of governance
    2. CPM's lording over even personal matters of people was getting more and more intolerable.
    3. I hope the errant government office babu class can now be brought to heel
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumku View Post
    What makes you think so ? This is a lot of pessimism. If all the people who had voted for TMC had thought so, TMC wouldn't be coming to coming to power. By your logic, anyone once he is in power should indefinitely remain in power.
    Its just the way politics works. They have been fighting for years and spending money to get power. People finally got desperate for a change from the left and so gave TMC a chance. TMC guys will want to recoup expenses and pay off all supporters so they have to loot.
    People also know this, the hope is that TMC will want to continue past 1 or 2 terms and so will at least loot less and not abuse the people like the Left cadres did.
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    bye bye communists, hello socialists, whats that you say, you bring in new goons of your own, well i welcome them too........
    F-all, the more things change........
    Burn it all to hell.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumku View Post
    What makes you think so ? This is a lot of pessimism. If all the people who had voted for TMC had thought so, TMC wouldn't be coming to coming to power. By your logic, anyone once he is in power should indefinitely remain in power.
    most ppl do not vote after thinking logically.. they have a predetermined party in mind... more over though i would agree that change was needed the present situation calls for a situation check.

    Mamata banerjee is a phenomenon.. a reason that you will see her picture on every poster. even ones that campaign for some 2-bit little known councillor. people vote for Miss B , not for their local legislators. a reason congress cannot make it big.

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