Left Rally in Patna Fails to Meet Expectations Ginned Up by its Organizers

Kanhaiya Kumar speaking at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Thursday.

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Patna: The leftist rally at Patna's Gandhi Maidan that had been in the making for months was anything but 'mega' as it was billed by the likes of Communist Party of India-ML leader Dipankar Bhattacharya and the leftists' biggest rising star Kanhaiya Kumar who, along with more than a dozen others, delivered fiery speeches to rile up the crowd to vote against NDA in the 2018 Lok Sabha elections.

Dubbed as 'Bhajapa Harao, Desh Bachao' rally, the crowd was nowhere near it was supposed to be as touted by its organizers.

In a clear indication that the people of Bihar had very little or no appetite for a coalition comprising of failed politicians like Jitan Ram Manjhi and other former Nitish acolytes like Uday Narayan Chowdhary and Sharad Yadav, along with the entire who's who of the red brigade, those on the stage jostled to attract the attention of the former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Kanhaiya Kumar. The message was clear that the left was entirely banking on the young leader from Bihar in an attempt to dethrone Narendra Modi and the NDA government from power.

Left leaders gather at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Thursday.

"We won't leave the BJP alone until we break it," Kanhaiya inadvertently blurted out the real agenda of the leftist parties instead of talking about the coalition's economic or social agenda for a better India.

Continuing his rhetoric against the NDA, Kanhaiya went on to accuse Modi of weakening the Constitution and for again attempting to mislead the voters in the name of Ram Temple.

"Bihar's youths need to step up and join our fight against this government that does not stand for the poor people and is wholly in the pocket of big industrialists and businessmen," he said.

CPI-ML national general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya took aim at Nitish Kumar saying he had betrayed the mandate of the people of Bihar while former Nitish ally and Janata Dal – U president Sharad Yadav echoed Bhattacharya's sentiments while declaring democracy was under assault under the Modi government.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad raked up the issues of demonetization and GST to take the NDA to task while CPI-M leader Mohammed Salim declared all the leftists as the 'real patriots' and the NDA leaders as the fake well-wishers of the nation.

Manjhi, meanwhile, stuck to what matters to him most – reservation and land reform and declared the failure of the NDA government on both of these accounts.

CPI national secretary Atul Kumar Anjan, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state president Ram Chandra Purvey, Samajwadi Party leader Devendra Yadav, and Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani were among many others who also spoke on the occasion.


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