The CPI(M) will undertake a comprehensive review of the results to identify the causes which have led to the erosion of support for the Left Front and the political shift that has taken place in West Bengal. The CPI (M) will, after the critical examination of the election results, orient itself towards taking up the issues of the basic classes and fighting for the interests of the working people. The political platform of the Left which includes the fight against the neo-liberal economic policies, defending the livelihood of the people, defence of national sovereignty and secularism remains as the only alternative political platform for the country as against those of the ruling class parties like the Congress and the BJP. General Secretary of the CPI(M), Prakash Karat writes.
CNN-IBN and The Telegraph organized a debate on the forthcoming Assembly Elections in West Bengal. In the debate the two main contending parties were represented. The video of the program is embedded below.
Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M), Sitaram Yechury answers a wide range of questions related to the ongoing assembly elections in various states in the country. Excerpts and link to the original interview.
Many arguments can be advanced for why West Bengal should have a government headed by a revitalised Left Front government. Several of these reasons relate to the broader necessity for taking forward the struggle for democracy in all its various forms, including both economic justice and broader mass participation. But there can also be arguments that are based on the genuine achievements of the government that has been in power in the state. I propose to consider two of these areas of achievement in particular, not only because they are important for the life of the people, but also because these are largely neglected in the media and therefore do not form a sufficient part of popular perception.
In the general elections 2009, BJP had a distinct advantage in Jharkhand. The party won 8 out of total 14 Lok Sabha seats and planned to win a clear majority in the state assembly elections. The assembly results, however, came out to be a rude and shocking retreat for the BJP that too when circumstances absolutely favoured it. And for insiders, this turnaround is neither unexpected nor undesired.
A brief overview of the run-up to the Assembly Elections in Maharashtra.
The 2008 polls can be a watershed to end the bloodshed – if the State and the Hurriyat heed the message,says an EPW editorial on the recent Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections.