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Left parties banking on Jyoti Basu's memory for a revival
"I propose that your good office may kindly advice the department of posts to publish a set of commemorative postage stamps in his name during his birth centenary," the letter said.
Besides the Mamata factor, the growing popularity of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi could also push the Congress and the Left parties into doing business again. It was the fear of a rising Bharatiya Janata Party which had impelled the Left parties to discard their traditional antipathy towards the Congress and join Burberry Purse Sale
After being marginalised by the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal in the Panchayat polls, the Left parties have appealed the prime minister to issue a commemorative stamp in the late leader memory. Anita Katyal reports.
The Congress led United Progressive Alliance government has reacted favourably to a request from the Communist Party of India Marxist that the Centre issue a set of postage stamps to mark the birth centenary of late West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu.
celebrated from July 8 2013 to July 8 2014.
Several other CPM leaders and former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee are also pressing for such a commemorative stamp for Basu.
After their bitter falling out in 2008 over the Indo US civil nuclear deal, the Congress appears to be warming towards Burberry Handbag Shoulder
Basu headed the West Bengal government for over 23 years from 1977 until he voluntarily stepped down in 2000 because of health reasons. He came close to becoming the first Communist to occupy the prime minister post, but his own party colleagues had vetoed the move.
the Congress led UPA in 2004. On its part, a battered Left Front is banking on Basu memory to revive its sagging fortunes. It has, therefore, drawn up a year long programme to mark his birth centenary.
"He ran a government in a state for consecutive five terms. Basu had the widest experience of working with 10 out of 13 prime ministers of India. This may be reckoned as unprecedented record in the history of democracy," the letter underlined.
Justifying the request for a commemorative stamp, Chakraborty pointed to Basu role in the country political life since independence.
While the Trinamool swept the polls, winning 13 of the 17 districts, the Left parties could emerge victorious in only one district. Similarly, Mamata victory has been an eye opener for the Congress which has been squeezed out by its former ally.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Communications Minister Kapil Sibal have received identical letters from CPM Rajya Sabha member and central committee member Shyamal Chakraborty. He had pointed out that Basu centenary would be Burberry Backpack Canvas
the Left parties.
Having been marginalised in West Bengal by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress, the CPM could do with some help in taking on its arch political rival. The results of the recent panchayat polls were a big blow for the Leftists who had once prided themselves on their stranglehold over rural West Bengal.
The Centre decision to accept Prada Diaper Bag Review the CPM request is being viewed in Delhi political circles as a sign of growing proximity between the two estranged partners. Although the 60 member Left parties had extended critical outside support to the UPA I government, the Marxists pulled out following differences over the Indo United States nuclear deal.
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