Highest victory margin to lowest assets, old struggles to new faces: CPI (M-L) in Bihar

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    Highest victory margin to most affordable possessions, old battles to new faces: CPI (M-L) in Bihar

    Written by Abhinav Rajput
    | Shivnandpur (barsoi) |

    November 16, 2020 12: 50: 35 am





    Mahboob Alam, who won by the greatest margin in the Bihar elections, at his house in a town in Balrampur. (Express image by Abhinav Rajput)

    The narrow lanes of Shivnandpur village in Balrampur have just adequate space for one automobile to pass at a time. Your homes on both sides are mostly single-storey, mostly with kuchcha roofs. In one of these houses, with an asbestos roofing, mud flooring, unplastered walls and a DTH antenna, lives freshly elected CPI (M-L) MLA Mahboob Alam, who won by the most significant margin in the current Bihar elections

    Given that Alam defeated his nearest rival, Barun Kumar Jha of the Vikassheel Insaan Celebration, by over 50,000 votes in Balrampur seat in Katihar district, there is a steady stream of visitors. Plastic chairs are placed outside your house for them. His “simple background” is now well understood even outside these parts, after a picture of Alam with his niece in his unplastered space went viral on social media.

    In his election affidavit, Alam, 64, stated Rs 30,000 in his savings account, plots of land worth over 9 lakh, and a Scorpio cars and truck that he states is out of use because an accident. His two children, 4 and 9 years of ages, go to federal government schools. This is his 4th term as an MLA; he last won in 2015.

    ” I have actually tried to lead a simple life. This is not communism, but idealism. Till there are people in my constituency who find it challenging to pay for 2 meals, I don’t think there is requirement for luxury,” Alam says, crediting “help of pals in campaigning” for his win. Like all Left cadre, Alam states the majority of what he makes as income and perks entitled to an MLA, around Rs 80,000, goes to the celebration.

    His affidavit also mentioned 10 cases versus him, including murder, rioting and the use of an unsafe weapon. Alam says the charges are “framed”. “We defend people to keep their land … If anybody does injustice, the Constitution provides us the right of self-defence.”

    Alam began as a trainee leader, with the CPM’s SFI, from Katihar. He states his focus this time would be guaranteeing that autorickshaw motorists and vendors at train stations are not exploited, people impacted by floods get settlement, and dealing with worries concerning the Citizenship (Change) Act and prepare for a National Register of People( NRC). Bordering West Bengal, Balrampur is dominated by Muslims, followed by Dalits and Extremely Backwards Classes. “People here live in worry and confusion about the CAA-NRC,” he states.

    Alam includes that he has actually been raising in the Assembly problems like bridges for Barsoi, a medical facility in Abadpur, and pending compensation for farmers for land.

    If Alam has actually come far from his student days, the CPI (M-L)’s exceptional success in the Bihar elections, winning 12 seats (simply seven except the Congress), rests on the work of lots of youth cadres.

    Like Sandeep Saurav, 33, a former JNU trainee’s union general secretary and now a newbie MLA. The national basic secretary of CPI (M-L) student wing AISA, Saurav won from Paliganj, getting almost double the votes (67,917) of his nearby competitor, the JD( U)’s Jay Vardhan Yadav (37,002).

    A PhD from JNU, Saurav worked as an assistant professor at a Bihar college before signing up with politics full-time. In Paliganj, he is understood for leading demonstrations over unemployment, minimum spend for day-to-day wagers, and against the federal government “increasing access to personal gamers in college”.

    Says Saurav, “Jobs have been a big concern given that the Modi federal government came … Our primary goal has always been working for those who are ignored and the poor.”

    In an interview with The Indian Express, CPI (M-L) basic secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya had attributed the party’s performance to the work done by its cadres during the lockdown and “against privatisation”. “A lot of our students and young leaders who won quite handsomely have actually been involved in the anti-privatisation movement. Bihar trainees waged a very crucial battle against railway privatisation.” Six of the 19 candidates fielded by the CPI (M-L) were listed below the age of 35.

    Manoj Manzil, 37, who won from Bhojpur’s Agiaon constituency, getting 61% of the votes against the JD( U)’s Prabunath Prasad, is also a well-known CPI (M-L) face in the location. A Dalit leader, the first-time MLA would be amongst the poorest in the current Assembly (he stated possessions of over Rs 3 lakh, based on the Association of Democratic Reforms).

    Manzil has actually been raising concerns of education, particularly the bad condition of schools. 3 years earlier, he led a ‘Sadak Par School’ movement, holding classes on roads to object against school infrastructure, which triggered some official response. In 2009, he led demonstrations seeking training centres for SC, ST, OBC trainees, and for better conditions at the Ambedkar Awasiya Vidyalayas.

    The CPI (M-L) has been active in the Arrah location for long, and belonged of motions for landless farmers, states Manohar Kumar, a local, adding that this is why Manzil got votes from throughout castes.

    A previous nationwide president of the CPI (M-L)’s Revolutionary Youth Association, Manzil has 10 cases versus him. Like Alam, he states the cases originate from the agitations he has actually led for land and other rights of the poor. In the 2015 elections, Manzil, a post-graduate from Veer Kunwar Singh University, had objected to from Agiaon and came 3rd, with 31,789 votes.

    States Sucheta Dey, previous national president of AISA: “Bhojpur has a feudal past, with Dalits and the bad at the margins. Manoj’s efforts for great schools resonated with individuals.”

    The state president of the Revolutionary Youth Association and previous AISA Bihar secretary Ajit Kumar Singh Kushwaha, 32, won from Dumraon in south Bihar, defeating the JD( U)’s Anjum Ara by a 14% vote distinction. He had led relief efforts during the Covid lockdown.

    CPI (M-L) MLA Gopal Ravidas, with stated assets lower than Manzil’s, at over Rs 1 lakh, overcame 14,000 votes more than his JD( U) competitor in Phulwari. The RJD consented to offer the CPI (M-L) the ticket from here over six-time winning MLA and former JD( U) minister Shyam Rajak.

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