Sunday, March 9, 2014

Left parties to contest 5 seats in Haryana

CPI (M) is contesting three Lok Sabha seats in Haryana while CPI is contesting on two seats. Those being contested by CPI (M) are Sirsa(SC), Hisar and Bhiwani Mohindargarh while CPI those of the CPI are Karnal and Ambala(SC).

In the dissolved Lok Sabha, out of total 10 seats Congress had 9 and the lone Hisar seat was held by Kuldip Bhishnoi son of Late Sh. Bhajan Lal, former Chief Minister.
Brief profile of the three seats:
There are a total of 10 Lok Sabha Seats in Haryana and each Lok Sabha seat is comprised of 9 assembly segments.
All three seats being contested by CPI (M) fall in the North Westren Haryana border adjoining. Rajanthan districts of Ganga Nagar, Hanumangarh, Churu and Sikar on the South west side while that of Punjab on the North. The three seats are spread over 6 districts of Haryana viz. Sirsa, Fatehabad, Hisar, Bhiwani, Jind and Mohindergarh. Party and mass fronts have a comparatively better presence in these regions due to round the year activities and campaigns on issues of the farmers, agricultural workers, workers of the unorganized sectors, on other livelihood issues as well as on the social issues pertaining to caste oppression, violence against women or criminalization.

Com. Ram Kumar Bahbalpuria
It is a scheduled caste reserve seat. Dr. Ashok Tanwar of the Congress is the sitting MP who has since been appointed president of the Pradesh Congress. It has fairly developed agriculture due to green revolution. Scheduled castes are over 25 percent average here and there are very acute disparities between rich farmers and landless agricultural labourers. Party has contested this seat in 2009 with Com. Ram Kumar Bahbalpuria as its candidate who got 20,000 votes and he is re-nominated this time also. Com. Ramkumar is member of party state secretariat and President of AIAWU state committee. He has been leading several struggles on local issues like MNREGA, PDS, BPL cards, power, water etc. Five assembly segments are under Sirsa district, three in Fatehabad while one is in Jind district.

Phool Singh Sheokand
7 assembly segments are in Hisar district, one each in Bhiwani and Jind districts. The seat is held by Mr. Kuldip Bishnoi who is son of late Ch. Bhajan Lal who was famous for organizing defections and he had launched a separate outfit Haryana Jan Hit Congress (HJC) after defecting from congress and this party has an alliance with BJP in this election.
Our party has also contested this seat twice in 1996 and 1999 with Phool Singh Sheokand as its nominee. He has been renominated this time as well. Phool Singh Sheokand is a party state committee member and vice-president of AIKS Haryana. Sheokand is ex-president of Sarv Karmchari Sangh and led many popular struggles before he left his job in 1996. He has also been SFI state president. A part of the constituency has witnessed worst kind of caste violence against dalits by a section of the rabid caste elements; the Mirchpur infamous episode took place here. Bhagana and Dabra are other villages where atrocities on dalits took place. In all these excesses our party and mass fronts had actively sided with the aggrieved families.
Party and mass fronts, AIKS, AIAWU, CITU, JMS and other organizations are very active in Hisar region round the year.

Master Sher Singh
5 assembly seats are in Bhiwani while four of them fall in Mohindergarh district. Our party had contested Bhiwani (prior to delimitation) in 1999 when late Comrade Prabhat Singh was the candidate. This constituency has a fairly good base of Kisan Sabha with more than 50,000 membership of AIKS which is a popular organization in parts of Bhiwani for successfully launching struggles for compensation of the frequently crop losses due to natural calamities. A large part of the constituency bordering Rajasthan is rain deficient and also lacks irrigation network.

Trade union front has been active against stone mining closure rendering several hundred families to the brink of hunger. Master Sher Singh president of Haryana Kisan Sabha is CPI (M) candidate from this seat. He had been a popular leader of the Sarva Karamchari Sangh and teachers union before his retirement.

Party has been very active in this region on various local issues including social issues.

CPI(M) to focul on Livelihood issues of the people in Haryana

CPI(M) will focus its election campaign in Haryana on the livelihood issues of the people for which the party and the mass fronts led by party leaders have been fighting tirelessly round the year. Stating this CPM Central secretariat member Mr. Nilotpal Basu emphasised that toiling people had very high stakes in the outcome of the forthcoming parliament elections. He said that the game of defections was at its worst and there was hardly anything to choose between Congress and BJP.

When the Congress was losing ground with greater speed the BJP has an agenda of taking the country on the path adopted by Pakistan. He reminded that the pitiable condition of democracy 

was mainly due to the theocratic state which gave birth to fundamentalism. Such a path was not acceptable to the people of our country.

Party state secretary Inderjit Singh claimed that CPM and the CPI were the only parties in Haryana who were upholding value based principled politics and never indulged into opportunism and ne ver played identity politics based on caste or religious sentiments. We have rather forged unity of the people based on workers and farmers and defended the rights of marginalized and weaker sections when attacked by the dominant vested interests.

The party has decided to observe 23 March Shahid Diwas as a day against imperialism and communalism against which Bhagat Singh and his compatriots were a glorious symbol.
The party has decided to adopt its election campaign by going house to house for seeking support in the for a policy change and not alone the leaders. Dates for filing nominations of its candidates have been fixed for 19, 20 and 21 respectively for Sirsa, Hisar and Bhiwani- Mohindergarh seats respectively. Another rally of the Left parties is scheduled to be held at Karnal on 16 March. It will be addressed by CPM leader Hannan Mollah and CPI leader Amarjeet Kaur.

Keezhvenmani Martyrs Memorial in Tamil Nadu inaugurated

Com. Prakash Karat, General Secretary, CPI(M) inaugurated a memorial Centre in the honour of 44 agricultural workers burnt alive by landlords in 1968 in Keezhvenmani, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu, in the presence of thousands of people and veteran communist leaders of the state today.

Speaking on the occasion, Prakash Karat charged the UPA Government for its role in some of the worst corruption scandals that the country has witnessed, not to mention the enormous burden imposed on the people of the country through unprecedented price rise. He sharply attacked the BJP and Narendra Modi and said that they pose a serious threat with their communal and divisive platform and they should be rejected.

On electoral developments in Tamil Nadu, he mentioned that the AIADMK had joined the anti communal convention of non Congress secular parties in Delhi last October. Subsequently the AIADMK had declared its alliance with the Left parties for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. However the AIADMK unilaterally broke off its alliance with the Left parties. If anyone thinks that by bypassing and marginalizing the Left parties,a credible alternative to the BJP and the Congress can be presented, they are mistaken.

Karat declared that the Left parties in Tamil Nadu will unitedly fight the elections together against neo liberal policies, communalism and corruption. The Left will continue to play a central role in evolving pro-people alternative policies in the Centre and in the States. CITU State Secretary Com. A Sounderrajan presided over the function. CPIM Nagapattinam DC secretary com. A V Murukayyan welcomed the gathering. Veteran leader Com. N Sakarayya, K Virayyan, Tamil Nadu state secretary Com. G Ramakrishnan, CC Member Com. T K Rangarajan also addressed the meeting. CPIM Thiruvarur DC Secretary Com. Nagarajan said the vote of thanks.