CPI(M) announced to contest next month's Gujarat Assembly polls from atleast ten constituencies and also brought out its election manifesto at Ahemdedabad on Friday.
"In Gujarat, our party is going to contest total ten seats. Today we are releasing a list of six candidates and we will later announce other names," former MP and central CPI(M) leader Sukomal Sen said while releasing the party manifesto. Sen said that the party promises to take up issues related to food security and providing 35 kg of grain at Rs 2 per kg to poor people.
Criticising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government, he alleged that there was no difference between the economic policies of the Congress-led UPA government and Modi-led Gujarat government and described them as being "anti-people."
Talking about Modi's recent Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra, Sen said, "During his yatra, Modi very conveniently omitted what Vivekananda had said about the Hindu-Muslim unity."
CPI(M) is in talks with rebel BJP MLA Kanubhai Kalsaria to extend support to each other's candidate in the coming elections. Kalsaria has decided to field seven candidates of his recently-formed Swabhiman Manch.
State CPI(M) secretary Arun Mehta said that the party would field candidates from Visavadar (Junagadh), Rajkot (East), Umargam (Valsad), Jamnagar Rural, Khedbrahma (Sabarkantha) and Santrampur (Panchmahal). "At present, there is a crisis of morality and honesty in both the major political parties of the state. And CPM is the only political party which stood the test of honesty and right now Gujarat is in need of honest and moral leadership," Mehta added.
CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat will address a public rally in Bhavnagar during the election campaign. Other national leaders, like party general secretary Prakash Karat, MP Sitaram Yechuri, former MPs Suhasini Ali, Mohammad Salim, Nilotpal Basu and MLA from Rajasthan Amara Ram are also likely tocampaign.