Soldiers pay homage beside the body of veteran communist leader and former chief minister of West Bengal state, Jyoti Basu in Kolkata. Basu, the patriarch of Indian communism whose pragmatic politics twice brought him close to becoming prime minister, died on Jan 17, 2010.
[caption id="attachment_788338"] In a little over a month from now, the West Bengal electorate will have the opportunity to choose a new set of legislators to guide the state's fortunes for the next few years.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_788339"] While some of the dissatisfaction with the Left Front government is probably related to anti-incumbent feelings borne out of over three decades of the same coalition in power, most of it is more likely due to concerns regarding the performance of the government and the direction of the state.[/caption]
West Bengal was to India what former USSR was to the world.
Will the Red be replaced by the Green on May 13?
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's Left Front faces the toughest electoral battle in its 34 years of rule in West Bengal.