Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 10
A comparatively good performance by the Left parties in alliance with RJD-led Mahagathbandhan in the Bihar Assembly elections has encouraged them to implement the Bihar model of opposition unity for the coming Assembly election in West Bengal to defeat the ruling TMC and the BJP in the state.
Trend of counting of votes in Bihar, which has been slow stretching into late evening, due to Election Commission (EC) safety guidelines relating to Covid-19, suggest Left parties were ahead in 19 seats.
The CPI(M-L), CPI and the CPI(M) had in all contested 30 seats. Due to strong intervention by former Bihar chief minister Laloo Prasad Yadav, the Left parties were included in the Mahagathbandhan, which also consist of the Congress. Yadav’s son and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav led the alliance.
The Yadav senior had pitched for inclusion of Left parties to prevent split anti BJP-JD(U) votes.
Even though leaders of the Left parties are disappointed with the performance of the Congress, they strongly root for replication of the formula of opposition unity in West Bengal.
“The poor performance by the Congress has pulled down the overall show of the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar. But election in the state has amply demonstrated that unity among and democratic and secular forces can effectively counter the BJP,” national CPI(M) leader Hannan Mollah said.
CPI head D Raja said the Bihar elections have shown that electorates are more concerned with issues affecting their daily lives.
“The Left consistently raise these issues, and the people of Bihar have taken note of it.
“Both the ruling TMC in Bengal, and the BJP-led Union government have trifled with basic issues, including migrant labourers and Covid pandemic in Bengal,” Raja said.