Kolkata: The state leadership of CPIM is responsible for the debacle of the party in the general election whose result was announced recently, party general Secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Tuesday. He attended the state committee meeting of the party at Alimuddin Street on Tuesday morning. The district leadership had been asked to submit report on the poll debacle.Yechury hinted at inducting fresh blood into the leadership but did not elaborate how many new faces are going to be inducted in the state committee. CPIM has never faced such crisis since the inception of the party in 1964. The party has only three MPs in the Lok Sabha. In Bengal, the party had fielded 29 candidates and another nine candidates were fielded by its partners, CPI, Forward Bloc and RSP. Altogether, the Left Front had fielded 38 candidates. The deposit of 37 out of 38 candidates has been forfeited. The lone exception is Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya, who had contested from Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat. Bhattacharya stood third. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMoreover, 22 percent votes of the party have been shifted to the BJP. In 2014, the party secured 29 percent votes, which have gone down to 7 percent. Before the Lok Sabha election, the Front partners had alleged that the CPIM in league with the BJP had planned to defeat their candidates. Their allegation has come true. Some party leaders alleged that whenever the party is in trouble, the leaders said fresh blood would be inducted in the leadership. However, it never happened in the past. The old guards continue to rule the party with their outdated ideas. At the beginning of the meeting some leaders pointed out people did not accept the party’s view that the Trinamool Congress and the BJP are equally dangerous in Bengal. It may be mentioned that on May 31 party’s politburo member Mohammad Salim had tweeted that the time had come to categorise the BJP as the main enemy in the state and take measures to thwart its advances.
WASHINGTON — More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in June, marking the second straight month of growth.The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that its pending home sales index rose 2.8% to 108.3 in June, up from 105.4 in May. Pending home sales are up 1.6% from their pace a year ago, snapping a 17-month streak of annual declines.Sales have likely been helped by lower interest rates, which are on average under 4% on a 30-year mortgage.All four regions saw contracts up from May and last year, with the West seeing the biggest jump in June at 5.4%. The West is also up the most year-over-year with gains of 2.5%.Pending sales is a measure of home purchases that are usually completed a month or two later.The Associated Press
Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “The heavy rain is likely to reach southeast England and parts of East Anglia later today and then spread north and west overnight, reaching much of eastern, central and southern England by Monday morning and then expected to last much of the day.“Many areas will see between 25 and 40 mm of rainfall with isolated pockets perhaps seeing as much as 50 to 70mm [which is well in excess of the whole month’s average].”This could increase the risk of flooding and hazardous driving conditions. The heavy rain will be accompanied by strong to gale force northerly winds – the unusual direction could increase the likelihood of localised impacts from wind too, with some damage to trees for example and likely closure of some bridges. “Lastly it will be an unseasonably cold day – perhaps cold enough to produce some wet snow on high ground although this seems unlikely to settle.” Britain has been issued a power cut warning as the London and the south east is set to be hit by a barrage of torrential rain, gales, closed roads and flooding.The Met Office warned temperatures will drop to 4C on Monday, but a wind chill in the air will leave it feeling as cold as -1C, and there is also the possibility of snow appearing in high areas.Meteorologists are predicting gale-force winds and around two-and-a-half inches of rain starting Sunday night and could lead to major travel disruptions across the south and east of England.Severe flooding and sudden power cuts could strike Monday, with a yellow weather warning in place from midnight through to Tuesday.Several flood warnings and alerts have been issued Sunday, with heavy rain and strong winds expected in many southeastern areas of England, London and the South East on Monday.The East Midlands, East Anglia and Yorkshire and Humber are also expected to be affected.Flooding and spray on roads is likely to lead to hazardous driving conditions and even some road closures, as well as delays or cancellations to train and bus services, the Met Office say.Homes and businesses also could be flooded, causing damage to buildings, along with power cuts and transport services hit. Trees and other structures could also be damaged, leaving roads and bridges closed, experts warn.Officials at the Environment Agency warned residents to be “prepared” for the possibility of flooding on the River Kennet and the Lower Avon in Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire.After temperatures hit 26C earlier this month, next week is predicted to not rise above 5C in most of the country. The heatwave of last week will become a distant memory as the temperature plummetsCredit:Hugo Michiels/London News Pictures Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.