New Delhi: Forty-eight hours after the Left's defeat in Bengal civic polls, CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan slammed them saying the leaders live in denial, are arrogant and out of touch with people.
In an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN, CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan spoke to Karan Thapar.
AB Bardhan: It has been a very big defeat for the Left, no doubt about it. I would even use the word debacle in some respects.
Karan Thapar: To what extent is this outcome a verdict on 33 years of Left rule?
AB Bardhan: It is the anti incumbency factor, but it seems you see, even if you work for the people, if you are doing development, that's not enough, you have to be with the people you have to be among the people, you have to be sensitive to the people.
Karan Thapar: And you've ceased being sensitive and with the people?
AB Bardhan: I have a feeling, I have a feeling, whether it is the CPI or the CPI(M) or anybody else, it seems to me that there has been some sort of an alienation between our cadres, our activists and the people.
Karan Thapar: What then is the message the people of Bengal have given the Left Front?
AB Bardhan: That they have to improve themselves, they have been too long in power. Maybe they got a bit swollen headed because of that, because of that perhaps they got alienated from the people, because of that perhaps some amount of bureaucratism crept in, all these things are very clear.
Karan Thapar: Do you think that the people of Bengal began to think that the Left Front had become arrogant?
AB Bardhan: Maybe, maybe, maybe. You see, democracy in behaviour, in practice, in your relationship is very important.
Karan Thapar: And the Left Front in its behaviour had stopped being democratic?
AB Bardhan:One must say that, that has been so.
Do watch the full interview with A B Bardhan in Devil's Advocate on Sunday at 2 pm and 8:30 pm