Saturday, March 21, 2009

Effect of communist governance

If you ever wondered how life would be if you had a communist government in your state, look noe further.
The article below shows exectly how life under a communist regime will be.

"From the look of things, the elections might turn West Bengal into one bloody battleground. Already, 11 people have died in escalating political violence over the past three days. Most of the damage has been inflicted on the Left Front -- 10 of the 11 people killed are either CPI(M) leaders or activists. One is a youth leader of the Trinamool Congress.

Six casualties took place in the past 18 hours. One death each was reported from Behrampur of Murshidabad district and Raina of Burdwan districts. Two people died in Alipurduar of Jalpaiguri district and Bhulaveda of West Midnapore.

Apart from this, violence claimed three lives in south 24-parganas, and one person died in clashes in Behrampur of Murshidabad district. The Trinamool Congress has accused CPI(M) goons of murdering its youth leader Manirul Rahman Mollah in south 24 parganas.

Contestants too, have not been left alone. The Forward Bloc candidate from Barasat constituency, Sudin Chattopadhyay, bore the brunt of Trinamool fury. Chattopadhyay was beaten up by Trinamool activists while he was attending an open air debate organised by a local Bengali channel on Wednesday night. He has been admitted in a local hospital with injuries.

To prevent further damage, the state home department has prepared a list of 65 prominent names, including those of state ministers and CPI(M) leaders who face threats to their life during the campaign.

The government has requested these leaders and ministers not to undertake any campaign without adequate security and protection. State chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is at the top of the list while state industry and commerce minister Nirupam Sen comes behind him. The names of CPI(M) district secretaries in the three Maoist-prone districts of Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore have also been included in the list.

Demand for illegal armsshoots upElections inevitably fuel the demand for illegal arms, and cause their prices to head north. In West Bengal, weapons are coming in from two points --- country-made ones are being channeled in through the Bihar-Jharkhand border and the foreign ones are being brought in through the vast Indo-Bangladesh border.

Last weekend, seven cross-country arms dealers were arrested by the police from various parts of the state. A big consignment of arms and ammunition was seized from them. In the face of interrogation, these dealers, mostly from Bihar and UP, said that the goods were meant for local arms dealers, most of who supply to the underworld and political criminals.

The weapons included four US-made and eight Chinese-made automatic pistols. In addition, 20 rounds of bullets, purportedly from a Pune-based factory, were also seized. An arms expert in the CID's special operation group, T Pandey, said this election season, prices for country-made single shooters are between Rs1,000 to Rs1,300. Foreign weapons, on the other hand, are priced between Rs7,000 to Rs10,000 for every set. Normally, these weapons are priced at least 25 to 30 per cent lower, Pandey said.

Sulking Mamata partners pinch CongDisgruntled Trinamool Congress (TC) leaders in Bengal are posing problems for the Congress in the state. The Congress has already got into a seat-sharing agreement with the Trinamool and is contesting 14 seats, but some dissatisfied members of Mamata's party are planning to field dummy or direct candidates against the Congress'.

The most-affected is Congress candidate Deepa Das Munshi, wife of ailing Union broadcasting minister Priyaranjan Das Munshi. She will contest from her husband's erstwhile constituency, Raigunj. Her problem in this constituency is Trinamool leader Abdul Karim Chowdhury who has already announced revolt against the party chief Mamata Banerjee. Chowdhury, a popular leader in the region, is angry with the party for allowing the Congress to contest from Raigunj and has announced that he will contest an independent candidate from the constituency.

Trinamool's upset ally, the Social Unity Centre of India (SUCI), has dealt another blow to the Congress by announcing that it will field candidates against nine Congress candidates. SUCI decision was triggered by its seat-sharing agreement with the TC failed."

"Courts and Judges have also borne the brunt of CPM attacks. Whenever an anti-CPM judgement is passed, especially convicting CPM goons in murder cases of RSS workers, judges are humiliated and their effigies are burnt. The former Chief Justice of Kerala, was the specific target of CPM/SFI since he passed several anti CPM and anti LDF regime judgments. If this trend continues, Kerala is in the process of becoming akin to a banana republic in interior Africa, where the president’s word is final and opposers will be cooked in the cannibal pot and consumed. "

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