CPI-ML Leader Getting Frustrated with Upendra Kushwaha's Indecisiveness

CPI-ML leader Dipankar Bhattacharya holding a press meet in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Communist Party of India (ML) national general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday, continued his effort to bring the non-NDA parties together to forge a credible opposition against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies for the 2019 general elections.

Hoping to capitalize on the ongoing spat between the BJP and its minor ally Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) over seat-sharing arrangement, Bhattacharya, without mentioning his name, asked party chief and Central Minister Upendra Kushwaha to clear his stand whether he wished to remain in the NDA or he was gearing up to join the Congress-led opposition in its effort to rid the nation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Some leaders are sending wrong and misleading message to the public by squabbling over a few seats. Alliance should not be made with the hope of acquiring power. Unlike the Grand Alliance in Bihar in 2015 that was based on self-serving motives, the new alliance should be based on principles and not on who gets how many seats," he said adding opportunists should have no place in any coalition.

Kushwaha has been sulking for the past couple of months over his demand for more seats for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections but so far he has not had any luck with the BJP leadership. In the meantime, he has been invited by a number of parties, including the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress, but he remains hopeful that the BJP will eventually buckle to his demand and give him more than three seats that was given to him the last time around.

Bhattacharya then turned his attention towards Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying not only there was no good governance in Bihar as claimed by Kumar, it did not have any kind of governance.

"All around Bihar, law and enforcement has completely collapsed. Manju Verma (former JD-U leader) was arrested only after Supreme Court chastised the state government for failing to apprehend her. The BJP is once again trying to create an atmosphere of communal hatred before the election and we need to come together to thwart its evil designs," the CPI-ML leader who has a history of organizing political rallies, said adding his party would be supporting the nationwide rally on November 29 and 30 to bring back focus on the issues being faced by the Indian farmers.

Bhattacharya also cast aspersions on the integrity of the CBI saying it had turned into a political tool in the hands of the BJP and now it was up to the Supreme Court to try to rehabilitate its image.


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