Dipankar Bhattacharya, the final secretary of CPI(ML), explains why he’s allying with long-time political adversaries – RJD and Congress, what makes Mahagathbandhan 3.0 totally different from the earlier alliances, and why he feels that the left events have already achieved partial success in setting a left-of-centre narrative within the ballot marketing campaign.
Listed below are the edited excerpts of the dialog:
For the primary time, CPI(ML) has acquired into an alliance with the RJD, the occasion in opposition to which you might have actively campaigned and protested. Has your occasion made an ideological compromise due to its diminishing electoral efficiency?
This election comes at an unprecedented part in Indian politics. With the rise of Narendra Modi, the structure is dealing with its greatest risk from the BJP. The principle agenda in Bihar is to defeat the NDA. It’s important not simply from the perspective of meeting elections however within the nationwide context additionally.
We wished to make sure that anti-NDA votes in Bihar don’t get divided, making it straightforward for BJP-JD(U) to win elections. RJD is the largest anti-NDA occasion in Bihar. Sure, we opposed them after they had been in energy. However one factor that you need to give to them is that RJD is amongst these uncommon political events within the nation which by no means joined palms with the BJP. The identical goes for Congress additionally, whom we’ve got opposed fairly vociferously. We really feel that democracy won’t survive if we lose this chance.
A number of left events have aligned with ‘Mandal’ events prior to now however they’ve at all times been fearful, and for good causes, that their cadre, voters and leaders can be subsumed by the caste-based events. Did this ever play in your thoughts earlier than you allied with the RJD?
In fact, CPI, CPI(M) had been fairly energetic in politics of a number of states but when a celebration like CPI has declined through the years it’s not simply due to Samajwadi Social gathering, for instance. There are different elements as properly. We within the CPI(ML) are fairly clear that we’re not making any ideological compromise, that we’re not turning into their appendages.
In actual fact, for those who have a look at the 25-point constitution of our alliance, you will notice a definite imprint of the left. All points, whether or not they be farm mortgage waiver, safe employment, equal pay for equal work, are points which discover a robust working-class resonance. This in itself is a hit for us, that the problems that we’ve got been combating for therefore a few years, have discovered prominence within the agenda. Once we win and these guarantees are carried out, there can be a sea change within the state of individuals.
A variety of commentators have mentioned that the 19 seats that RJD allotted to you from its personal quota was a surprisingly massive quantity…
Let’s be clear on one factor. We weren’t allotted something. We made a requirement and acquired our fair proportion. We had demanded 30 seats truly however we additionally made compromises on many seats. It’s true that independently we’ve got seen restricted electoral success. However we’ve got a mass base and a strong cadre. That’s what we carry to the desk. We carry solidity.
Additionally, a celebration that was thought of to be diminished to only a few districts is now rightfully claiming its area as a pan-Bihar occasion, with these 19 seats being distributed throughout 12 districts.
Within the final 5 years that is the third Mahagathbandhan that the individuals of Bihar have seen. How is MGB 3.0 totally different?
Now the agenda is democracy. We’re essentially the most dedicated combating forces in opposition to NDA. RJD and CPI(ML) are two essential cadre-based events. This alliance appears to be like compact and credible. The earlier grand alliance had individuals like Nitish Kumar, however as we all know they had been opportunist and unreliable. However this alliance has no companion which may swap over. That is the place this alliance has proved to be a sport changer.