People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


Vol. XXXIV

No. 41

October 10, 2010

 

          

CPI(M) To Contest 30 Seats in Bihar

As Part of Left Alliance

 

 

The coming elections to state assembly of Bihar is going to witness a new political dimension. For the first time, three major Left parties in the state, the CPI(ML), CPI(M) and CPI  are going to jointly put up candidates in 141 constituencies out of the total 243 assembly seats. A seat sharing arrangement to this effect has been arrived at between these parties recently. The CPI(M) Bihar state committee has decided that it would contest 30 of these seats and has also announced the list of candidates while the CPI is putting up candidates in 55 seats and the remaining 56 would be contested by the CPI(ML).

 

The announcement regarding CPI(M) seats was made at a press conference addressed by CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and incharge of Bihar, S Ramchandran Pillai and CPI(M) Bihar state secretary Vijaykant Thakur in Patna on October 3, 2010. An agreement to this effect was reached between the CPI(M) and CPI first and later with the CPI(ML). The three parties were in discussion on seat sharing for the last twenty days before reaching this agreement. Talks are still on between CPI and CPI(ML) regarding 23 more seats while on 6 other seats talks are being held between CPI(M) and CPI(ML). If there is no agreement reached on these, there could be friendly contests on them.

 

Pillai said that the Left parties would put an alternative agenda before the people of the state in these elections. The issues of land reforms, rights of sharecroppers, house sites for the poor etc would be top on the agenda while the necessity of advancing the agricultural development in this predominantly agricultural state would be highlighted. On this strong base, the industrial advancement of the state must proceed, he said. Party state secretary Thakur criticised the successive bourgeois parties' governments for failing to address the problems of the state which is endowed with abundant natural resources. Yet the state is very backward with people mired in utter poverty. In this context the Left parties are going to come out with a clear cut alternative path before the people of the state. The CPI(M) leaders said that they have kept the maintaining of Left unity particularly between CPI(M) and CPI and also with CPI(ML) and other Left parties as their priority while making decisions on seat sharing. Also, the CPI(M) has decided to concentrate on seats where they have a significant presence.

 

Apart from independent manifestos by each party, there is likelihood of a joint appeal being released by these three parties. As is known, the elections to Bihar assembly are being held over six phases beginning with the first phase on October 21 and ending with the sixth phase on November 20. Nominations for the first phase have closed. CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat will campaign in Bihar during October 11 13 while Polit Bureau members S Ramchandran Pillai will be campaigning from October 08 10 and Brinda Karat on October 13 and 14. Campaign schedules for other phases of polling would be drawn in the coming period.


CPI(M) Candidates for Bihar Assembly Elections, 2010

 

S. No

Constituency

Candidate

01(Phase 1)

39  Phulparas (Madhubani)

Vikramsila Devi(F)

02

40  Loukaha (Madhubani)

Satyanarayan Yadav

03

45  Chhatapur(Supoal

Balram Singh Yadav

04

54  Kishanganj

Abdulkalam Ajad

05

61  Dhamdaha (Purnea)

Omprakash Mehta

06

62  Purnea

Amit Kumar Sarkar

07

75 Saharsa

Vinod Kumar

08(Phase 2)

17 Pipra (East Champaran)

Rammangal Prasad

09

78 Kusheshwar Sthan (Darbhanga)

Sangita Bharti (F)

10

85 Bahadurpur (Darbhanga)

Shyam Bharti

11

93 Kurhani (Muzffarpur)

Rampukar Sahni

12

134 Ujiyarpur (Samastipur)

Ajay Kumar

13

138 Vibhutipur (Samastipur)

Ramdev Varma

14

140 Hasanpur (Samastipur)

Raghubansh Mukhiya

15(Phase 3)

19 Motihari (East Champaran)

Arbind Kumar

16

101 Hatua (Gopalganj)

Dudhnath Singh

17

114 Manjhi(Saran)

Satyendra Yadav

18

116 Taraiya (Saran)

Ahamad Ali

19(Phase 4)

145 Sahebpur Kamal (Begusarai)

Vidyanand Yadav

20

149 Begusarai

Mohammad Usman

21

149 Khagaria

Dange Singh

22

155 Kahalgaon (Bhagalpur)

Shriniwas Mandal

23

168 Lakhisarai

Ravi Vilochan Varma

24

183 Kumharar (Patna)

B Prasad

25(Phase 5)

234 Wazirganj(Gaya)

Shambhu Sharan Sharma

26

235 Rajauli (Nawada)

Premchandra Ram

27 (Phase 2)

29 Runni Saidpur(Sitamarhi)

Candidate to be decided

28 (Phase 3)

Louriya (West Champaran)

          

29(Phase 6)

300 Buxer

 

30 (Phase 6)

208 Sasaram (Rohtas)