CPI(M) State Committee Reviews Bihar Assembly Election Results, Thanks People for Defeating BJP
Arun Kumar Mishra
THE two-day meeting of CPI(M) Bihar state committee, held in Patna from December 2 to December 3, reviewed in detail the outcome of the assembly election, its impact, and the performance of the Party as well as the newly-formed Left bloc.
The October-November assembly election attracted the nation’s attention and everybody was anxiously awaiting the results. The results came as a big relief to the Left, secular and democratic masses of the country that are locked in a fierce battle of preserving the syncretic culture and the secular Constitution of the country that have come under severe attack during the 17-month Modi regime. There were genuine apprehensions in certain secular and Left circles that the Left block will pave the way for the BJP and its allies, cutting into the vote bank of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ of the JD(U), RJD and the Congress. The results have belied this apprehension completely and underlined the need of such Left unity, which has been forged after a bitter lesson learnt in the past 25 years. I need not elaborate this point as the ‘Thinking Together’ column in People’s Democracy has covered this point convincingly.
The state committee thanked the electorate of
It is to be noted here that the 17-month Modi rule at the Centre has come as a rude shock to the common people as they believed that their bank accounts will bulge with Rs 15 lakh as promised by Modi in the run up to the 2014 general election, the unemployed will get employment, the corrupt will be brought to the book, prices of essential commodities will be brought down, Pakistan will be tamed and there will be happiness all-around. Instead, the Modi govt miserably failed on every count. Soaring prices of essential commodities like pulses and onions made the lives of the common men and women unbearable. The daily hate speeches by so-called saints and Sadhvis created a nationwide outrage against growing intolerance in the background of killings of Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi, and lynching of Akhlaq Ahmed in Dadri following rumour that he stored and consumed beef. For the first time in independent
For the ruling BJP, it was all “manufactured” protest. The peasants, agricultural workers, the common voters of
It was the Left block consisting of CPI(M), CPI, CPI(ML), SUCI(C), RSP, Forward Bloc that stood the ground and got three seats defeating both the combinations. The CPI(M) candidate came second in Bibhutipur with increased votes. The Left block constituents came third in more than 50 seats and got around 14 lakh votes that add up to four per cent of popular votes. In no constituency, the Left’s presence gave advantage to BJP and its combination. The Left played a big role in creating a political atmosphere against BJP and its anti-people, pro-corporate policies and communal ideology. From the very beginning, the Left gave a call to defeat BJP and reject the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ by putting before the people, an alternative trajectory of development.
The party also took note that Nitish Kumar enjoyed the popular support of broad spectrum of voters in
The Left parties in
But as the situation unfolded, the Left parties came to the conclusion that we should have no truck with the regional bourgeois formation and chart out our own path. Basing our understanding on the Political-Tactical Line adopted at the 21st Party Congress, CPI(M) took consistent stand all through the negotiation and tried its best to have complete understanding among the Left allies. The Left parties fought unitedly in 222 constituencies out of 243. There were friendly fights in 29 constituencies among the Left parties. The initial positivity could not be sustained.
After the September 7 joint convention and joint appeal at
In the sharply polarised atmosphere and the pumping of unprecedented money and flow of liquor have raised serious concern about the democratic election process in the country. By pointing this phenomenon, we don’t cast aspersion on the wisdom of common voters of
CPI(M) got enhanced support in Bibhutipur, Manjhi, Ujiarpur, Mohiuddin Nagar and in some new places too. CPI also got good number of votes in Begusarai and other areas. The Party took serious note of continuously dwindling support in
Darbhanga has a different tale to tell. We organise large number of poor and downtrodden people in different agitations and movements but we fail to convert them into votes. These are the serious organisational issues that need serious introspection and remedial measures. One whole day was devoted on discussing the organisational draft circulated by the Central Committee ahead of the Organisational Plenum to be held in Kolkata.
After reviewing the election results, the Party came to the conclusion that the organisational issues brook no delay and if we want to come out of the stagnation as pointed out by the Central Committee draft and embark on the path of all-round growth, we must be visible by espousing the cause of the different sections of the exploited people and make ourselves worthy of the loftiest ideals of the mankind represented by Marxism-Leninism.
Polit Bureau member Hannan Mollah was present in the meeting and listened to the state committee members and reported the salient point raised in the organisational draft.