(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 24, 2010
'Land Reforms Key to
Yechury Campaigns in
largest number of
landless people in the country, the real development of
This was the
appeal to the
voters made by the CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and MP Sitaram Yechury on
first day of election campaign in
asserted that it is only the Left parties that have shown commitment in
fighting for implementation of land reforms in the state. He cited how
Front government of
Kumar for the company he is keeping i.e. the BJP and Shiv Sena which
of NDA. He called upon the people to question their chief minister as
his NDA partner, Shiv Sena, is carrying out vicious physical attacks
Yechury criticised the government for allowing large scale corruption in the PDS, MNREGA and other welfare schemes. He also attacked it for not providing relief to the Kosi flood affected people and asked as to what happened to the Rs 1,000 crore relief money that had come from the centre. He demanded scrapping of the division of the poor among BPL and APL and wanted universalisation of PDS. In this context, he reminded people about the cruel attitude of the Congress led UPA II government which allowed rotting of foodgrains in godowns but refused to implement Supreme Court order for its distribution among the poor.
Yechury pooh poohed the Congress election campaign in Bihar about ensuring development, asking what they did in the 40 years of power they had. He also criticised RJD of Laloo Yadav for not doing much for the benefit of the people of the state and focussing only on casteist politics.
CPI(M) MLC and veteran teachers movement leader, Vasudev Singh, also addressed the gatherings. Yechury will campaign for the coming three days also in Bihar in the districts of Motihari, Chhapra and Begusarai. He will address an election meeting jointly with CPI general secretary A B Bardhan in Begusarai on October 22.
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat is scheduled to campaign in the state for two days on October 21 and 22 in Sitamarhi and Darbhanga districts. She had campaigned earlier on October 13 and 14 in Purnea and Kishenganj districts for the CPI(M) candidates. Party central secretariat member Hannan Mollah has also been campaigning in Begusarai, Supaul, Khagaria and Bhagalpur since October 18.
(N S Arjun from Dalsingh Sarai)