Left calls Bengal drubbing unexpected, refuses to give reasons
Posted on May 16 2014 | IANS
Kolkata, May 16 : The CPI-M led Left Front (LF), which is headed for its worst-ever Lok Sabha election defeat in West Bengal, Friday described the verdict as "unexpected" but refused to give reasons for the debacle.
Addressing media persons, a visibly rattled Left Front chairman Biman Bose refused to comment about the performance which saw the coalition's vote share dip to 29.50 percent from 43.30 percent in 2009.
"The verdict is completely unexpected. About the performance, we can make a comment only after analysing the various aspects. We have not discussed about it, so I cannot comment," said Bose.
The front which bagged 15 seats in 2009 saw only two of its nominees - Badaruddoza Khan from Murshidabad and Mohammad Salim from Raiganj - winning. Both the seats were previously held by the Congress.
Bose also refused to blame any individual for the debacle.
"You can hold an individual responsible, but Left parties do not function like that. For Left parties, individuals do not matter," said Bose who lost his cool a few times after being prodded by the media about the reasons behind the embarrassing performance.
"I will not comment unless we discuss the matter, you may write what you want to," said a visibly peeved Bose who also accused the Election Commission (EC) of failing to create a sense of security among the voters.
"Since the third phase of polls in the state, the EC failed to create a sense of security among the voters who were up against the intimidating and terror tactics of the Trinamool Congress," added Bose.