THE Left parties in Bihar are contesting the elections for the 17th Lok Sabha in a concerted manner. On the focal slogan of defeat BJP, increase the strength of Left and ensure a secular government at the centre, the Left is campaigning for its candidates in Bihar.
On April 23 , Sitaram Yechury , general secretary of the CPI(M) addressed a massive public meeting in support of Ajay Kumar-CPI(M) candidate from Ujiarpur. Sitaram exhorted that the BJP has befooled the people in the last five years of its rule. It had promised to the people ache din, make in India, digital India, bringing back black money stashed in foreign banks, every bank account holder to be credited with Rs 15 lakh, two crore jobs to be provided to the youth every year etc. But none of these promises were fulfilled. He said, the kisans continue to commit suicide; after Modi came to power the inequality has increased and now one per cent of the richest have 73 per cent of the wealth in the country. He said there is no dearth of resources; the resources are being looted. Rafale scam in Modi regime robbed the country of Rs 30,000 crore. Vijay Malaya, Nirav Modi et al were allowed to loot the banks under the inept chowkidari of the PM. On the other hand, remuneration of mid-day meal, ASHA workers, anganwari workers and others that are in millions, was not increased by the Modi government. He said time has come when Modi should be removed and the BJP should be defeated, and a new secular government is elected.
Taking the RJD to task, Sitaram said that, had Begusarai and Ujiarpur been in the Mahagathbandan in Bihar; it would have impacted all the 40 parliamentary seats of Bihar. In case the BJP-JD(U) alliance gets more seats in the state , he said , the RJD will be responsible for that. He called upon the people to elect Ajay Kumar from Ujiarpur. The public meeting was later addressed by Ajay Kumar, Aijaz Ahmad, vice president of JNUSU and other leaders of the Left parties.
Ujiarpur is a strong base of the Party. The CPI(M) has led many struggles in the region. A lot of sacrifices have been made in the past. In 2014 elections, CPI had aligned with JD(U) and CPI(ML) had contested separately. But in 2019, the Left is contesting in a concerted and coordinated manner.
On April 25, two public meetings were held in support of Ajay Kumar which were addressed by Subhashini Ali, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M). These meetings were chaired by Rampari. She said that during the elections the BJP brings back the issue of the Ram temple and this is done to polarise the people on communal lines so that the real issues are pushed to the background. She said the attacks and exploitation of the women and the dalits has increased manifold in the BJP regime. Targeting Kushwaha, the mahagathbandan candidate from Ujiarpur , she said, after enjoying cream for the last five years in BJP rule he has come again to befool the people.
On April 26, Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) addressed a press conference in the Party office. She also led a road show in Dalsinghsarai bazaar and Sindhiya bazaar in favour of Ajay Kumar. Before that, she addressed a meeting in Mahisari which is in Ujiarpur constituency. She said that in the 3 phases of the general election that have passed by, the BJP is realizing that it is losing ground very rapidly. This has led to the unleashing of rampant communal campaign by the BJP. She said vicious slogans are raised by BJP to polarise the people so that they do not vote on real issues. She took the ECI also to task and said that it is quiet over gross violations being made by the BJP leaders in election speeches. She said, Malegaon accused Pragya Thakur is out on bail on the pretext of fake health reasons, whereas Lalu Prasad Yadav who actually is ill, is not even being allowed to meet his family members. She appealed the people to elect Left candidates so that the Left can influence the polices in the new government, as it was able to do in 2004. The meeting was chaired by Surendra Sinha.