Kolkata: CPI(M) leader and Land Reforms minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah, one of the few ministers who retained their seats, on Friday held state's Commerce and Industry minister Nirupam Sen squarely responsible for the
debacle of the Left front in the Assembly election.
Reacting to the Front's poll reverses, he said the chief minister was not to be blamed alone for the failure.
Stating that his suggestion on "faulty" land acquisition and industrial policy was not taken note of by the party, an aggrieved Mollah told reporters that "he (Nirupam Sen) is the root-cause. Everybody in the world knew that he will be defeated in the election".
"Chief minister wanted to catch a cobra but had no experience of holding a common snake", Mollah said sarcastically. He, however, hastened to add that "those around the chief minister should not be spared".
Mollah, who retained his Canning (East) constituency, has the rare distinction of having a winning record in Assembly elections since 1972 from Bhangar seat. It was later renamed Canning (East) in South 24-Parganas district following
The CPI(M) leader had been vocal since long against the Front government's "faulty land acquisition and industrial policy" and openly criticised the chief minister.