Patna: Communist Party of India (M) leaders are turning no stone unturned to ensure the success of their young star Kanhaiya Kumar who is pitched against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate and union minister Giriraj Singh on one hand and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) hopeful Tanveer Hassan on the other.
On Wednesday, CPI-M national general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy, at a press conference in Patna, appealed to the RJD to withdraw the candidacy of Hassan so the votes are not divided and Kanhaiya Kumar is able to give the BJP leader a stronger fight.
Reddy said that shortly after arriving in Patna from Begusarai where he was stumping for Kanhaiya in a bid to drum up support for him.
As reported previously, CPI-M senior leader Sitaram Yechuri on Tuesday had held a similar press conference in Patna where he had said that the NDA was using nationalism as a vote-getting tool in the name of patriotism.
While insisting that Kanhaiya's win in Begusarai was a foregone conclusion, Reddy appealed to the RJD to withdraw its candidate in a bid to defeat Giriraj Singh by a substantial margin.
"Kanhaiya Kumar is getting support from all caste and religious groups and youths in Begusarai are extremely excited about his candidacy," Reddy claimed.
He also criticized the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar for not including the CPI and CPI-M in the anti-NDA coalition.
"While it is true that the Grand Alliance in Bihar made a huge mistake by not giving CPI or CPI-M even one seat in the state and it is not our responsibility to rid the nation of the NDA, we will continue to support its candidates to defeat the Modi-Shah government at the Center," he said.
Reddy, like Yechuri, also slammed the NDA of abusing its power in the Lok Sabha election and accused the Prime Minister of not talking about core issues faced by millions of Indians and instead harping on the surgical strike and air strikes on the Pakistani terror camp.
"Besides appeal to fear, the BJP has nothing to talk about. It is blatantly abusing the power of CBI and while it claims it is against terrorism, it has no guilt in fielding an accused terrorist like Pragya Thakur. Anyone that dares to question Modi's policies is immediately labeled as anti-national or a traitor that is proving to be very dangerous for a democratic nation like India," he said.
Election in Begusarai is to be held in the fourth phase of the poll on April 29.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS