30 September 2015
AS the election dates for the four phase election to the Bihar Assembly are nearing, the ruling class parties, regional and reformist parties have polarized into two main groupings: one led by BJP and the other of JD(U)- RJD- Congress. Besides these, the Samajvadi Party led by Mulayam Singh has assembled a third alternative of parties dissatisfied with seat sharing by the major parties. A glance through the reports of election campaign, coalition formation and seat sharing shows that none of these formations have come out with any basically different alternative against the neo-liberal policies and corporate raj, against the caste based sectarian politics and against the communal vote bank creation. Though the BJP is spreading communal venom in all fields it is making seat adjustments with even Islamic outfits like the QAM, The whole scene is degenerated to electioneering in the worst ever forms. Though the CPI(M) led Left Front including CPI, Forward Bloc, RSP, Liberation and SUCI is also in the contest they have nothing basically different to put forward as CPI(M) is not ready to learn anything from its 34 year record in West Bengal. What is required in this context is the unity of the struggling left and democratic forces with a programme of people’s alternative to challenge all ruling class alternatives and the revisionist forces
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