Archive for November, 2015

CPI(ML) Victories: In the Face of All Odds

November 10, 2015

The CPI(ML), it must be remembered, had no spin doctors hired at exorbitant expense to run a high-decibel media campaign. It had no huge hoardings, no vans playing videos, and no helicopters, no TV coverage of leaders’ election speeches, and only very minimal coverage in the print media. In contrast to the other contenders enjoying state machinery of Delhi or Patna, many CPI(ML) candidates contested from jail, arrested in false cases slapped on them for leading people’s struggles. The CPI(ML)’s only medium of election campaign was the people themselves – and this was turned into a strength, not a weakness.

In spite of these enormous odds, the CPI(ML) managed to emerge victorious because of the enormous trust gained as a result of struggles, movements and sacrifices.

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Bihar Assembly Election Analysis

November 10, 2015

The Essential Bihar Story:

Roaring Rebuff against an Autocratic Communal BJP,

Aggressive Campaigning by a Compact JDU-RJD-Congress Alliance,

Vindication of the Core Strength and Developing Potential of the Left

After sundry exit polls and post-poll surveys did their rounds, we finally know what Bihar has spoken. The Bihar verdict has left the loud and foul mouths of the ruling Sangh-BJP establishment speechless while amplifying the voice of every defender of democracy in an India ruled by an openly RSS-driven government. Contrary to what the Modi-Shah duo had notoriously foretold, the Bihar verdict has ignited celebratory crackers not in Pakistan but all over India. If the Delhi mandate in early 2015 gave the first resounding rebuff to the arrogant autocratic rule of Narendra Modi, Bihar has now unfurled a real banner of revolt. And defying the pressures of a bipolar election and a massive wave in favour of the JDU-RJD-Congress alliance, revolutionary communists have creditably defended their citadels of struggle and sacrifice.

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CPI(ML) Statement on Bihar Election Results

November 9, 2015

8 Nov. 2015, New Delhi.

CPI(ML) warmly congratulates the people of Bihar for giving such a resounding verdict against the divisive politics and disastrous policies of the BJP and Narendra Modi. Bihar has spoken for the whole country, and this historic verdict will inspire and empower the range of ongoing struggles – of peasants, workers, students, writers, scientists and intellectuals – in defence of democracy. The Grand Alliance has of course emerged as the primary vehicle this historic verdict, but the people have also reposed their unflinching faith in the CPI(ML) and the other Left parties in their key areas of struggle.
The CPI(ML) also thanks the people of Bihar for returning the party to the Bihar Assembly with three seats. The CPI(ML) won Balrampur by a margin of 22000, Darauli by a margin of nearly 10000, and Tarari by a margin of 400 votes. In addition Left candidates have polled second and third on several seats. This improved performance of the united Left Bloc is a vindication of the Left’s unity and its agenda of pro people development, and a robust struggle for rights, justice and secularism.

Dipankar Bhattacharya,
General Secretary, CPI(ML) Liberation