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Chapter 9: West Bengal: Mapping a Political Challenge: West Bengal 2009
A stable LF government survived in West Bengal since 1977 despite a nation-wide anti-incumbency factor. Its near demolition in the 2009 parliamentary election, winning only 15 seats out of 42, was a rude shock. Protest movements against the fertile land acquisition actions by the government are a major reason for the election debacle. Civil society groups supported the popular movements. This chapter will examine left politics in the state as also its differences with other Indian states, and the electoral dynamics of a communist system in a liberal democratic framework.
The LF led by the CPI(M) government not only did poorly in the 2009 ...