Left parties form grand alliance for Bihar bypolls

CPI(ML) secretary Kunal described the alliance between JD(U), RJD and Congress as “opportunistic”.

By: Press Trust of India | Patna | Published:July 30, 2014 2:39 am

Describing JD(U), RJD and Congress tie-up as “opportunistic”, the three major Left parties in Bihar Tuesday formed a grand alliance to contest Assembly bypolls on 10 seats in the state.

As per seat sharing agreement, CPI(ML) will contest on five seats, while CPM and CPI will fight on three and two seats, respectively, state secretaries of the three Left parties told reporters at a joint press conference.

CPM state secretary Vijay Kant Thakur said, “CPI(ML) will contest Narkatiaganj, Rajnagar (SC), Bhagalpur, Hajipur, Mohania (SC) seats; CPM will put up candidates on Chhapra, Mohiuddinagar, Parbatta; while CPI will fight on Jale and Banka.”

Pointing out that this is the first time that a complete alliance has been formed by the major Left parties in Bihar, CPI state secretary Rajendra Prasad Singh said top central leaders of the three parties will campaign together for the byelections.

Singh also said the Left alliance was the need of the hour as the policies of BJP and JD(U), RJD, Congress were similar and exploitative for the masses.

CPI(ML) secretary Kunal described the alliance between JD(U), RJD and Congress as “opportunistic” as they have been fighting against each others all these years

“The Left parties can neither be with Congress nor with BJP. Our socio-economic policies are opposed to both these parties, which indulge in exploiting the poor masses,” Kunal said.

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