Patna: Communist Party of India (ML) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya, with the Lok Sabha elections in full swing in the nation, ripped into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying besides flaring communal fear and hatred, the saffron party had no other agenda in this election cycle.
Contradicting the predictions by BJP's mouthpieces like Baba Ramdev and Ravi Shankar Prasad who see a 'Modi Tsunami' headed their way, Bhattacharya said that the NDA, based on the reports from the three phases of the poll that have already been completed, was headed for the biggest electoral disaster it has ever seen.
"People have noticed that Narendra Modi never talks about real issues that affect most people of India. When a film based on him was banned by the Election Commission, he decided to propagate his vicious agenda through friendly interviews," he said.
Condemning the elevation of controversial leader Pragya Thakur in the BJP, the CPI-ML leader demanded to know if she could get bail in terrorism case, why couldn't Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief who is currently languishing in a Jharkhand jail in fodder scam cases, also get bail.
"They used health reasons to get bail for RSS terrorist Pragya Thakur which is in direct violation of many of the nation's and electoral laws. Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is in fact suffering from many illness and ailments, meanwhile, continues to rot in the jail as he is denied bail over and over again. Not only that, his family members are not allowed to see him in the prison," the leftist leader rued.
Bhattacharya also accused the Election Commission (EC) of showing favoritism towards the NDA candidates saying someone like BJP candidate from Begusarai Giriraj Singh can get away with all sorts of hateful comments but others are being barred from campaigning or even arrested for the smallest of code violation.
He accused Chief Minister and Janata Dal – U leader Nitish Kumar of insulting the mandate of the people of Bihar and also blamed him for encouraging and supporting mob lynching, communal flare-ups, and other similar tactics to gain votes.