In Cliffhanger Bihar Polls, Left Parties Gain Ground Not Seen In Decades

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In Cliffhanger Bihar Polls, Left Parties Gain Ground Not Seen In Decades

Sandeep Saurav’s vote tally is double that of the JDU candidate and incumbent MLA

Paliganj, Bihar:

Among the many stars of the CPI(ML)’s finest ever present in Bihar elections in over three a long time is Sandeep Saurav, a 33-year-old who fought his first ever meeting election from Paliganj close to Patna – and gained.

Mr Saurav’s vote tally within the election is double that of the Janata Dal United candidate and the incumbent MLA.

This has been an excellent election for the Left events in Bihar.  Of the 29 seats contested by the Left events – CPI, CPM and CPI(ML) – as a part of the Tejashwi Yadav-led Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance), they gained 16 seat – successful charge of 55 per cent.

The CPI(ML) gained 12 of 19 contested seats, successful charge of 63 per cent. In distinction, the bigger occasion within the Grand Alliance, Congress, gained solely 19 in 70 seats that it contested, which is successful charge of 27 per despatched.

Within the final Bihar meeting election in 2015, the Left’s mixed tally was simply three seats.

“I began with scholar politics and am nonetheless a part of scholar politics. I believe folks understood my imaginative and prescient about schooling and politics,” says Sandeep Saurav at his house in Maner city close to Patna, surrounded by a handful of supporters.

“We used to start out at 6 am and maintain small village-level conferences. There may be not a single village in Paliganj that I didn’t contact. We created zones and held conferences with younger folks. The CPI(ML) had three seats final time. We’ve had zero seats too. However we’ve got all the time had public assist in Bihar,” the newly-elected MLA mentioned.

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One other star performer for the Left events is CPI(ML)’s Manoj Manzil, the son of brick kiln employees. He’s now the MLA from Agiaon in Bihar’s Arrah district after polling 50,000 extra votes than his closest rival from the JD(U).

Within the 2015 meeting election in Paliganj’s Baali Pakar village, which has a big inhabitants of the extraordinarily backward Mushahar caste, votes had been break up virtually evenly between the BJP and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidates on the seat, and BJP MLA was voted to energy then.

However this 12 months, of the 1,420 votes polled there, 866 had been for the CPI(ML) candidate, 297 for the JD(U) whereas a Lok Janshakti Occasion candidate obtained some 200 votes.

“We weren’t pleased with Nitish ji. All we obtained is a few Rs 400-Rs 500 in our financial institution accounts. Nothing else. So we gave our vote to a brand new individual and we are actually hoping he’ll do what he has promised. I hope he’ll assist us with employment,” says Munia Devi, a homemaker, when requested why she voted for the Left.

Mukul Kumar, a 21-year-old first-time voter who had been pursuing BTech in Punjab earlier than the lockdown, has a extra exhaustive rationalization. “Jai Vardhan Yadav (incumbent MLA) was once with the RJD. He’s now with the JDU. For 5 years I by no means noticed his face. He by no means got here in 5 years. This new MLA, he gained on Tuesday and got here to fulfill us on Wednesday. He additionally spoke within the marketing campaign about employment. (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and Yogi (Adityanath) additionally got here right here. They saved on talking about China and the Ram temple,” says Mr Kumar.

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