Biplobi Bangla Congress
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Biplobi Bangla Congress (BBC) is a political party in West Bengal, India. The party emerged as a splinter group of Bangla Congress ahead of the 1971 elections of West Bengal. BBC is led by Sunil Chaudhury and is now the part of the Left Front.
Formation of BBC by the late Sukumar Roy is an important part in the history of Politics of West Bengal. Congress party hold the power of state for the first two decades after partition, before trying out another grouping in 1967. At that time, the first United Front government came to power with Ajoy Mukherji of the Biplobi Bangla Congress (a Congress splinter group, like the Trinamool) as chief minister and Jyoti Basu as deputy chief minister. Thereafter followed four years of political instability due to the Naxalite rebellion and police counter-action, the Congress muscled its way back to power in the rigged 1972 elections, when even Jyoti Basu lost his assembly seat to a nonentity by 40,000 votes. In 1977, the voters brought the Biplobi Bangla Congress and Left Front merged to power, with latter retaining the title and from since then they remained firm as the ruling party of West Bengal for 34 years.
The flag adopted by the party is red & white (3:1 ratio) with Hammer & Plough symbol at the center. The Bangla Congress was started by Sarat Chandra Bose as a rebellion against the Indian National congress of Jawaharlal Nehru due to the dictatorial attitude of the party. He unfortunately died after one year and then the Bangla Congress lost its teeth and changed its colour.
BBC candidate Tushar Kanti Laya contested the Sabong seat in Midnapore for 2001 assembly elections of the state and won it. In the 2006 assembly elections of West Bengal, BBC again contested the Sabong seat with Tushar Kanti Laya as its candidate (on a Communist Party of India (Marxist) symbol). Laya got 62,079 votes (44.98%), but lost the seat to a Congress candidate. Following it, Rita Chowdhury contested in 2005 Kolkata Municipal polls, as part of Left Front and has been elected from ward no 41. She also retained her seat in 2010 municipal polls as well. In 2011, its candidate Rampada Gorai lost the Sabang seat to Manas Bhuian - the then PCC chief.
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